Private Duty In-Home Care - Is now the time?

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posted by Ryan Whittington on October 13, 2010

You may be finding yourself in a state of unceartainty and questioning whether in-home care is appropriate.

Use this checklist to help determine the need for in-home private duty care.  If you find that you or your loved one meets 3, 4 or 5 of these items, it is probably time to look for care in the home.

How is the Environment?

  • Is the home orderly and well kept?
  • Are Necessary home repairs being performed?
  • Any unusual amount of clutter, dust, dirt or garbage?
  • Any unpleasant odors?
  • Do the cubbords or refrigerator smell?
  • Is the food in the refrigerator fresh and well stocked?  (Check the expiration dates in both the refrigerator and pantry)
  • Are there safety hazards present?  Carpet tears, loose bannister, no safety handles in the bathroom, etc.
  • Are the houseplants living?
  • Do the house pets look healthy and properly cared for?

Does your loved one...

  • Appear healthy?
  • Lost or gained weight?
  • Call you by name?
  • Speak normally?
  • Show signs of irritability - mood changes?
  • Show a lack of energy... increasing fatigue?
  • Keep up on the news?
  • Mail stack up?
  • Properly maintain their checkbook and credit obligations?
  • Stay in touch with their friends and relatives?
  • Show signs of depression?
  • Have the ability to manage/take their prescriptions on time?
  • Take the time for personal care and proper, nails, makeup, etc.?

Beginning to talk about care in the home can be a very delicate and personal converastion to have.  I hope this checklist can be of help in making the very important decisions for your family.

If you would like to talk with someone about your families needs, Seniors Home Care offers personal consultations at no charge.

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