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5 Signs it’s Time for Homecare

It can be a difficult decision for a client and their families to bring someone new into their home. Oftentimes, people feel as though they are giving up independence or that they can wait just a little bit longer before getting the help they need. Unfortunately, this can lead to giving up more independence sooner; whether that’s due to a fall or forgetting to take medications. So how does one know if it’s time to bring in an at-home caregiver? Here are five signs that homecare is right for you or your loved one.

1) Medication Errors

This is a common complication for many individuals. It could include forgetting to take medication, taking the wrong dosage, or not following doctor’s orders. Caregivers can provide medication reminders and monitor medication intake. One might ask if there could be serious complications if medications are missed or not taken in a timely fashion. If the answer is yes and you’re seeing signs of errors, then it may be time to look for a caregiver in the homecare setting.

2) Safety Issues

Have there been any safety issues that have caused injury or the potential for injury? Safety issues are a major concern and can show up in a variety of ways. You may notice that your loved one is wandering, leaving the house and getting lost. Frequent stumbling or falling can lead to major injuries. Caregivers can provide assistance by watching over and assisting clients getting up and down and/or walking along side their client. Other safety concerns may include leaving food burning on the stove which may lead to a fire or leaving a home frequently left unlocked.

3) Nutritional Concerns

If you’re seeing signs of weight loss or dehydration, you or your loved one may not be getting proper nutrition whether it’s due to forgetting to eat or drink, not being able to cook or get to the store, or eating the wrong kinds of foods. Is there a special diet that’s not being met? There may be specific nutritional needs that if not met could hinder one’s health. A caregiver can help to meal plan and grocery shop, cook balanced meals that meet you or your loved one’s needs, or simply encourage water intake throughout the day.

4) Isolation

Do you or your loved one seem depressed, not wanting company, refusing to go on outings or to the doctor’s office for check ups? These can all be signs of depression and lack of concern for self. Having a caregiver in the home can help combat loneliness by providing companionship. They can also provide transportation and help with getting to appointments and running errands.

5) Infection Control

It’s important for all of us to be living in a clean and safe environment. Spoiled foods in the house, dishes and laundry not being done, or garbage piling up are signs of a poor living environment which can be dangerous for one’s health. Caregivers can provide light housekeeping to keep the home clean. One should look for a lack of personal hygiene such as avoiding bathing or wearing the same clothes for more than two days in a row. Assistance with dressing, bathing/showering, cleaning teeth, or assisting with using the bathroom can be essential in staying healthy and avoiding infection.

These are just a few of the many ways in which a caregiver can keep you or your loved one safe and improve your quality of life. Whether you need help once a month or 24/7, care can be tailored to your individual needs. You can read more about the many services Lighthouse Homecare provides at
If you have any questions or are ready to set up a free at home assessment call 563-441-9982 and we’ll be happy to speak with you!