When it comes to deciding whether an elderly person needs home health or not, there are some important things to know. Heart problems, being in a wheel chair, or never leaving the house are not the only indicators of someone needing home health. Some indicators are more subtle than these or even hidden. Many times, a person’s environment and surroundings can tell you more about their health than their bodies can. So, when assessing an individual for home care needs, try asking yourself these helpful Hands of Compassion tips:
1) Check the person’s fridge! If there is little food inside, no food, or the food is old, moldy, and expired, you should be concerned that they are in need of help with preparing meals or shopping for groceries.
2) Look around their home. Is it clean? Is the sink constantly full of dirty dishes, as well as the counter tops? Are the bed sheets stale and dirty? Do they wash clothes and keep the bathroom clean regularly? If not, this individual needs assistance with housework.
3) Consider the person’s lifestyle and overall well being. How is that person’s health and hygiene? This is most important! Can the person go up and down the stairs? Are they able to get in and out of the shower or bathtub okay? Does the person have a disability or an ongoing health condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, or dementia? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Hands of Compassion HomeCare can help!
It is not always the easiest task to get an elderly person the care that they need to help themselves. This is because many are independent and will say “I don’t want to do this” or “I’m doing just fine and can do for myself” but with support, encouragement, family, and/ or friends, you can help get care for these individuals. Hands of Compassion HomeCare has many options that will benefit these persons. Call us today at 432-218-7996 for a FREE, professional, in-home assessment to check qualifications or visit our website www.hochomecare.com for more information.