Asking for — and then accepting – help isn’t always easy. Some of us are concerned that a request for help is a sign of weakness or will lead to a loss of independence. Plus, identifying what help is needed and where to get it can be daunting too. The first step in considering help is recognizing the common signs that you might need non-medical assistance at home. HomeCare by RVNA can help.
According to Judy Becker, HomeCare by RVNA Director of Operations, there are certain telltale signs that individuals should be aware of when it comes to healthy aging in place. “Often, a spouse or adult child is the first to notice that something’s not quite right with a family member,” explains Becker. “It’s not necessarily a serious incident that causes concern. It could be as simple as a change in behavior or activity level,” she adds. Whatever the reason, Becker encourages all family members to trust their instincts and talk openly with each other.
So, what are the signs to watch out for? They typically fall into the categories of behavior, safety, and what are known as “activities of daily living.” The list below is a good place to start. Use it to periodically evaluate how you or a family member is feeling.
- Reduced participation in typical activities or social groups
- Feelings of social isolation
- Increased anxiety, frustration, or worry
- Consistent use of poor judgment
- Change in driving habits and/or minor accidents with vehicle
- Forgetting or mistaking medication
- Frequent falls
- Resistance to medical advice
Activities of Daily Living
- Difficulty keeping up house and property
- Difficulty shopping for or preparing food/spoiled food in the home
- Noticeable decline in grooming habits or disheveled appearance
- Increased clutter in the home
- Inability to keep on top of bills or care for pets
“Acknowledging the signs above doesn’t mean a move to assisted living or a nursing home is the next step,” says Becker. “Many people can continue to live full lives at home simply by getting help where it’s needed.”
HomeCare by RVNA provides non-medical personal care and assistance to clients in the comfort of their own homes. HomeCare by RVNA aides can assist with showering, meal preparation, light housekeeping or laundry, transportation, medication reminders, pet care, errands, and more. Clients can request whatever duration of time and level of service they need – from a few hours a week to full-time or live-in assistance. HomeCare by RVNA also offers respite services for spouses or other family members who help care for a relative, allowing them to take time for themselves to go to work, attend an event, or even go on vacation.
HomeCare by RVNA aides are certified, undergo extensive background checks and drug screenings, and receive continuing education and training to provide the highest level of service to clients and their families. While generally not covered by Medicare and other medical insurance, services are covered by many long-term care plans. Consult your own insurance policy for specifics. For more information on HomeCare by RVNA, call 203-438-5555