Advantages of home care
What types of home care?
Home care is a highly personalized service, and can range from short-term assistance, to long-term care at home.
Non-medical home care includes personal and companionship care. A professional caregiver will help with basic needs including every day activities such as bathing and dressing, toileting, feeding, engaging in stimulating activities, and assistance with medication reminders.
Medical home care includes skilled nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and dietitian consultation, all conducted by licensed medical professionals.
As your parents get older, you will notice that they might require more help with simple activities in their daily lives. Surveys have shown that 90% of seniors want to stay at home for as long as possible, in a familiar and comfortable environment, rather than moving into a nursing home. That’s when in-home care can help your family and your loved one.
Here are 6 signs that you need in-home care services:
1. Increased forgetfulness
Sometimes we may forget where we put our wallet at home, but it doesn’t happen to us frequently. When your parents start losing memory and can’t remember things in an obvious pattern, or if they miss important appointments, or constantly forget to take their prescribed medication, it is time to consider home care services.
2. Poor hygiene and living environment
If your loved one has unpleasant body odor and does not bathe regularly, this is something that needs to be addressed in your family. Poor environment and living condition also shows that your loved one might need additional support.
3. Significant weight loss and weight gain
Sudden weight loss or weight gain is an important sign for your parents, especially among the elderly. Weight loss is mainly caused by malignancy, nonmalignant gastrointestinal disease and psychiatric conditions. Moreover, depression, loss of interest in food and poor nutrition food choices will also affect body weight.
4. Mood and behavior changes
If your loved one has sudden behavior or personality changes and extreme mood swings, this is something important to look out for. This kind of change is often associated with taking increased dosage of medication, a loss of a spouse or loved one, or progression of a severe chronic illness.
5. Loneliness and depression
If you notice that your loved one is sleeping throughout the day and is not motivated with their regular daily activities or hobbies and interests, this is a sign that you need in-home help.
6. Decreased mobility
You may notice that your parents may have increased difficulty in walking or balancing. Another red flag is if your loved one has unexplained bruises or injuries.
What is a stroke?
Cerebrovascular disease is a common disorder for people aged 60 or above. It is caused by a lack of blood supply or burst blood vessels in brain. When arteries in the brain are blocked, it will directly influence the absorption of nutrition and oxygen to brain tissues. The rupture of blood vessels in the brain may lead to disabilities, such as or even death in patients.
Symptoms and signs of a stroke
The symptoms of stroke usually occurs suddenly. General symptoms include: blurring of vision, sudden severe headaches, fall and paralysis of the body, and in the worst case, coma and death.
Preventing a stroke
While ageing increases our chances of a stroke, there are ways to control the risk factors. Here are some steps that you can take:
A caregiver’s role and responsibilities
Caregivers play a major role for those recovering from a stroke, especially at the beginning of the recovery process. Here are some tips on how to improve your loved one's physical, psychological and spiritual well-being during the caregiving journey.
As the Dementia or Alzheimer’s stage progresses, your loved one may start refusing to eat or drink due to physical or psychological discomforts. This is where family members and caregivers can play a vital role in both encouraging eating as well as identifying eating problems that can be resolved.
Here are some guidelines to help your loved one: