When people get older, everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, and using the bathroom often become challenging. Many seniors are too proud or embarrassed to admit that they need help or don’t want to be a burden to their loved ones, so they keep quiet and struggle to do things on their own. You may be unaware that your loved one needs help because he or she has not let you know that activities are becoming more and more of a challenge. This is why it is so important to talk to other people in your family member’s life and get their input so you can step in and hire a caregiver if one is needed.
People to Talk to about Your Loved One’s Needs
If your loved one is married or has a partner, you should talk to that person. Someone who lives with your relative is in the best position to know about daily struggles and challenges. He or she can provide more insight than anyone else in your loved one’s life and can tell you if a caregiver might be a good idea.
Talk to other family members, such as children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. Anyone who has spent time with your family member recently may have seen something that caused concern. Your loved one also may have mentioned something to another relative in a phone call that he or she didn’t want to mention to you.
You should talk to your loved one’s doctor. You can go along on an appointment and talk about anything you have noticed that concerns you. You can discuss with the physician any medical conditions your loved one has and how they affect your relative’s day-to-day life. The doctor may believe that your loved one needs help, even if he or she is reluctant to admit it.
You can also talk to your relative’s friends and neighbors. When people interact socially, they talk about all kinds of things, including their problems. Your relative may have confided in a friend about struggles or concerns he or she has but doesn’t want to mention to family members. Your relative’s friends or neighbors may also have noticed that your loved one is having trouble in some areas, even if he or she has not mentioned it.
What to Do If Your Loved One Needs Help
You should listen to the views and observations of all of these people and consider them carefully. If someone has noticed something that is a cause for concern, that can motivate you to step in and help.
An in-home caregiver can provide assistance with many daily activities, including cooking, cleaning, laundry, bathing, dressing, and toileting. Perhaps your loved one only needs help in one area for a few hours a week, or maybe he or she needs help on a more regular basis.
In any case, Dependable Care can help. Our caregivers have helped seniors all over Connecticut with these and other issues to allow them to remain as independent as possible and give them and their families peace of mind. If you and others in your loved one’s life have concerns, Dependable Care can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.