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How to Determine When It Is Time for In-Home Care

Jan 25, 2019 by Diane Genovese

Before you can determine how to select the right care provider, you must first decide when it is time to introduce care to your loved one. The following questions may help you make this important decision.

Questions to ask:

Has the individual suffered a recent emotional or medical crisis?

Does the individual bathe less often or not at all?

Are medications left over or running out too soon?

Does the individual need help walking?

Is the individually verbally or physically abusive?

Is the individual becoming more forgetful?

Has the individual fallen recently?

Is the individual having problems sleeping?

Has the individual lost weight recently?

Is the individual’s hearing or vision affecting his/her ability to function?

If the individual smokes, are there burn marks on clothing or furniture?

Is the individual not able to run errands alone?

Is the individual no longer changing his/her clothing daily?

Are there scorch marks on the pot holders or dish towels in their home?

Are there burnt pans on the stove?

Is the individual unable to do routine house cleaning?

Has the individual stopped or reduced social activities?


If you answered yes to even one of these questions, perhaps it is time to consider in-home care.



We customize a Plan of Care suited to the needs of all of our clients from light housekeeping, meal prep, laundry, transportation and companionship to personal care, transferring and positioning. Our caregivers are trained in Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia care and are also trained to implement Comfort Keepers’ unique Interactive Caregiving™ System. With Interactive Caregiving, the Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care provided will get to know the senior on a personal level, learning about likes, dislikes and even past events in the senior’s life.  While developing a relationship with the senior, the caregiver can plan activities that could help the senior simulate mental or physical activities that have been shown to create more lucid thoughts.  The senior and care provider can listen to music together from the senior’s favorite era, read an old favorite book or even do memory exercises like looking through family photos or discussing current events. For more information, visit the Comfort Keepers Info Center section on Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care related topics. Please visit our website: https://www.comfortkeepers.com/home/care-services/senior-caregiving

-Diane Genovese


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