Senior Health: When it comes to a senior’s health noticing small changes in their routine or in their health can help doctors catch a problem before it becomes a very serious problem.
However, if you aren’t with your senior loved one all day every day you might not notice those small changes. A senior home care provider can be an invaluable resource for your family as well as your senior because they can notice those little changes that signal something is wrong and keep a good eye on senior health.
A senior home care provider that spends hours with your senior parent each day can keep track of your parent’s routine so that any change will stand out. Home care providers are trained to notice changes in things like:
If a home care provider is helping your senior parent manage their medications that home care provider will notice if your senior loved one isn’t taking the right medication, isn’t taking their medication when they should, or if they are experiencing new side effects from medications that they have been taking for awhile. Catching those changes could lead to discovering a potentially dangerous drug interaction or another serious medical issue.
Changes in the way that your senior loved one eats could be due to side effects from medication or depression or new physical ailments like heartburn or stomach pain that could indicate a more serious medical problem. Because a senior care provider shares meals with your loved one and cooks with them they will be able to track any changes in the way that your loved one eats so that potential health issues are discovered right away.
Seniors who were previously active but suddenly don’t want to go for walks, don’t want to go outside, don’t want to exercise, or don’t want to run errands or visit friends are putting their health at risk because activity and socialization are very important for senior health. If a senior that was active no longer wants to do any of the activities they enjoyed it’s time for a doctor’s appointment to try and figure out why.
If your senior parent used to be able to bathe themselves, get dressed, comb their hair, walk easily around the house, and do other things for themselves but now require assistance with those kinds of tasks it could be that they are experiencing muscle weakness, pain, or other physical ailments. A home care provider who is used to your senior parent’s routine would notice right away if your parent that used to be able to put on her makeup herself suddenly needed help or stopped wearing makeup altogether. That care provider could let you know that your senior loved one should see a doctor.
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Not every senior needs the same level of care. But senior home care is a smart idea for every senior because elder care providers notice the small details that could indicate changes in your senior health.