The decision to hire professional caregivers can be a difficult one. You may be wondering if you or your loved one really needs in-home care or if you can manage your daily care alone. Below is a brief list of considerations when discussing the need for in-home care.
If your loved one has trouble moving about freely – whether from illness or injury – it may be time to consider in-home care. Professional caregivers can assist with activities of daily living (ADL), such as eating and drinking, bathing and hygiene, sitting, standing and getting in and out of bed. Caregivers can also help with instrumental activities (IADLs), such as shopping, meal preparation, laundry and dispensing medication.
If your loved one is no longer able to drive, a professional caregiver can be a vital resource. Caregivers can provide transportation to doctors’ appointments, can assist with shopping and errands and can help arrange visits with friends and family. Caregivers are also a wonderful source of companionship and conversation.
Sometimes family members or friends need extra help caring for loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Professional caregivers can help with daily activities, such as eating and bathing; can dispense medications; encourage engagement and social interaction; and be a valuable go-between for family and physicians.