Expert Home Care NJ provides caregiving in New Jersey for Senior’s atÂ home. Many families ask us, “HowÂ do we know if mom andÂ dad need help and caregiving, and if they do,Â how do I talk about it?”Â
Frank Esposito and David Goodman, owners of Expert Home Care in NJ are Certified Senior Planners, members of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. The Society works very hardÂ educating professionals, like us,Â to work more effectively withÂ our senior clients. We believe that the right kind of planning, recommendations and referrals can make aging a state to be savored instead of a fate to be feared. For usÂ it means understanding the key health, social and financial factors that are important to seniors, and how these factors work together.Â
To our families of aging seniors, knowing when theÂ need for caregivingÂ arises is key.Â Usually, it’s defined byÂ functional ability, not by the age of your loved one. In our experience working with New JerseyÂ seniors for the past 20+ years,Â most wish to remain independent. Seniors also wish to remainÂ in control of theirÂ lives as long as possible.Â We’ve learnedÂ not to make generalizations when it comes to age.Â
Determining ifÂ your NJÂ senior needsÂ caregiving assistance will demandÂ astute observation on the family member’s part. Also, you will need toÂ ask revealing questions and pay attention to the telltale signs. It’s important to look for patterns of consistent neglect within the following:
- Basic tasks: difficult in walking, dressing, talking, eating, cooking, climbing steps, or managing medications
- Hygiene: infrequent bathing, unusually sloppy appearance, bad body/mouth odor
- Responsibilities: unopened mail, unpaid bills, unfilled prescriptions, unreadable checkbook, phone calls aren’t returned, low food supply, laundry is piled up, spoiled food in refrigerator
- Health: weight loss, appetite changes, difficulty swallowing, fatigue, burns, bruises, hearing loss, incontinence, spilling or dropping things (look for stains), sleeping too much or too little,Â dehydration
- Isolation: Lack of interest in friendships, hobbies, or activities; curtains drawn day and night, noÂ access to transportation
- Attitude: sadness or talk of feelings of depression and despair, abuse of alcohol or drugs,Â paranoia, refusal to communicate, unusual argumentativeness, verbal abuse
- Cognitive functions: consistent forgetfulness about where things are, getting lost walking orÂ driving, confusion, loss of reasoning skills, difficulty answering questions, inability to find the rightÂ word or complete a sentence, repetitive words or phrases, wandering, loss of sense of time orÂ season, forgetting how to use ordinary things like a pencil, consistently forgetting to turn off stove, close windows, or lock doors.
Pay attention to these signs – these are the telltale signs that give you information that you seek. Visit our next posting when we give tips on “how to bring up the home care help talk”.
If you need more help determining whether your loved one needs caregiving at home, please call us at 800-848-2336 or visit Expert Home Care New Jersey.