Warning Signs That Home Care May Be Needed

Frequently, when elderly loved ones need some help to stay at home, they won’t admit it. Others may also be unaware when someone simply cannot take care of himself or the household. It is important to be aware of and watch for the signs that could indicate extra assistance is needed in order to provide a safe home environment for aging loved ones.

All too often the signs an aging loved one needs extra help can be difficult to see, even when you are looking for them. Click here, Navigating the Senior Care Maze, to read a great story about one family’s experiences when they realized things were not really ok with mom.

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Warning Signs That Care is Needed
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Recognizing Health Warning Signs in the Elderly
These tips can help monitor some key health areas that are often missed when working with the elderly.

10 Signs of Alzheimer’s
The 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s, along with the differences between Alzheimer’s and typical age-related changes, are outlined here, courtesy of Alzheimer’s Association.

Compulsive Hoarding
National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” interviewed Randy Frost and Gail Steketee, the writers of “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things”. This link allows you to listen to the informative interview.

Just Say NO to Senior Scams
Consumer Action offers some tips on guarding against elder financial abuse. A great list of resources and additional links are also included here.

Top 10 scams against seniors
Learn about the top 10 scams perpetrated against seniors published by the National Council on Aging.

FINDING ANSWERS IN HOMECARE

What Kind of Home Care is Needed?
Caring for a senior or someone with a chronic illness can be a difficult and confusing road – from navigating the red tape of insurance and Medicare reimbursement to deciding on the most appropriate place to live.
Click here for information on the types of care available.

How Do You Pay for Home Care?
Who will pay for the home care services needed and how does this work? This can be the most difficult aspect of arranging home care, and it is often the ultimate decision maker.
Click here for information on how to pay for home care services in Arizona.

Warning Signs that Care at Home May be Needed

Frequently, when elderly loved ones need some help to stay at home, they won’t admit it. Others may also be unaware when someone simply cannot take care of himself or the household.

It is important to be aware of and watch for the signs that could indicate extra assistance is needed in order to provide a safe home environment for aging loved ones.

Options to Pay for Care

The demographics of our aging society coupled with the increased longevity of those currently older than 80 means that more boomers will be responsible, in part, for assisting with paying for care for their parents.

Making the Home Safe for Aging in Place

An increasing number of seniors are choosing to age in place. Only 4.5% of seniors are now living in nursing homes. Over 80% of seniors who need long-term care are receiving it in their own homes. Seniors not only can be comfortable and well cared for, but safe in their own homes.

Staying in a familiar place increases the feeling of independence for many, and having a safe and well-equipped environment makes aging in place more convenient for seniors and their families.