Dec 14, 2017 by Erin Couchell
One of the biggest resources your loved one can have as they get older is a home care professional. A non-medical caregiver can help your loved one stay on top of conditions they have been diagnosed with and manage them successfully and safely.
If you are still on the fence about whether or not your loved one needs home care, keep in mind that if they have one or more of the conditions we will cover in this article, having a caregiver around will make a major difference.
Many conditions - particularly those of a metabolic nature - can be successfully managed and even cured. However, many seniors have trouble following doctors’ orders because of cognitive impairments or mobility issues. To help your loved one have the best possible chance at a high quality of life, you should really consider home care options in their area.
One in two seniors suffers from one of the conditions that fall under the umbrella term arthritis. This means that as many as 50% of seniors experience joint pain so severe it gets in the way of them living life on their own terms. Some become disabled as a result.
One of the best ways to manage arthritis is through light exercise and staying active throughout the day. However, seniors may have trouble motivating themselves to get out there and live life to the fullest when they are experiencing so much pain. A caregiver will work with your loved one to help them cope and provide them with all the support they need to stay active and exercise.
More than 40 million American seniors across the country suffer from osteoporosis. This condition leads to weaker bones, making safety a major priority for seniors with osteoporosis. A caregiver can help fall-proof your loved one's home. They can also majorly contribute to their safety through encouraging healthier habits and weight-bearing exercises.
This is a catch-all term referring to many conditions dealing with blood clots, diseased vessels, or structural issues. Leading a healthy lifestyle is important with this condition as well. With a home care professional around, your loved one can work on living healthier and improving the state of their cardiovascular system.
These are just a few of the conditions home care professionals can help your loved one with. The best thing to do going forward is to speak with as many home care agencies in their area as possible. Research is half the battle.