Care is something most of us don’t want to think about until the time comes when we need it. It is quite normal not to want to think about this; most of us don’t wish to envisage being too old or frail to look after ourselves properly. Nevertheless, it is advisable you do have some sort of plan in mind to ensure that you have control of what care you do receive rather than making a decision in crisis.
Have you been putting off thinking about or arranging elderly care, whether it’s for you or a loved one? Are you, or do you know a loved one, finding this winter more of a struggle than before? Are friends and family expressing concern that perhaps you do need some support or do you know someone that you are worried about because you can see they need help?
Here are some signs you or your loved may require care:
|You're More Forgetful Than Ever||It is natural to be more forgetful as you age, but if it is becoming a real issue and you're finding at times you leave the oven on or you leave the house unlocked, it may be that it has become a more serious problem.|
|Your Home Is Messy||An untidy home may be your choice but if it is untidy because you can't fulfil daily chores because of mobility issues, pain or other problems then that is a different matter.|
|Nutritional Issues||Maybe you are struggling to prepare proper meals for yourself because of issues with mobility or dexterity.|
|Personal Hygiene||It may be you aren't keeping yourself as clean or well looked after as you used to because of memory problems, mobility or coordination.|
|Falling||You may have fallen inside the home a few too many times because of balance issues, or other difficulties.|
|Feeling Different||You may feel more moody, irritable or withdrawn. Maybe you feel lonely or isolated but you feel different to the way you felt before.|
|Being Socially Isolated||Perhaps you don't leave the house much, you don't see friends and your main company seems to be the TV these days.|
|Health problems||You may have health issues that you have not discussed with a doctor. Weight gain or weight loss, problems with toilet habits or digestion, aches and pains.|
You may be struggling with any or all of the above issues, or you may be a friend or relative of somebody who appears to have these problems.
If this is the case, it could be time to arrange care.
2019 is a brand new opportunity to get the quality of life that you deserve. You don’t have to just ‘exist’. You can live, thrive and be happy in this later part of your life. All you need is the right care and support.
Care And Support
There are lots of options for care and support including care homes, live-in care, assisted living, home care and home helps. Which type of care is right for you will depend on your needs so the first step is getting a care assessment. You can arrange this very easily. You may also wish to discuss care with your GP, friends and family.
You do not need to live a life that is low in quality. Embrace the New Year and reach out for some help and support to get the kind of life you would like. It is accessible to you, and you deserve it. You deserve to be happy and cared for in your later life, the first step is reaching out to arrange care services.