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April 05, 2022

5 Activities that Indicate Your Parent May Need In-Home Care


When an aging parent wants to stay self-sufficient for as long as possible, it can be difficult to identify when it’s time to look for home care solutions. This is particularly true if your parent has been diagnosed with a chronic illness that has stages, such as Parkinson’s. Your parent may be able to live on his or her own just fine for many, many years as an aging senior or after a chronic diagnosis. However, as a parent becomes less self-sufficient over time due to old age or illness, at-home caregivers can provide peace of mind, safety, daily assistance and much needed company. 

When is it time for you to look for senior care services? What are the indicators that your parent may need additional help? Here are five daily tasks that will help you gauge whether or not your parent requires home care.

1. Bathing & Grooming

If you’re not around your loved one on a daily basis, one of the first possible indicators that they could benefit from in-home care is by assessing their hygiene. If your parent typically showers daily and brushes his or her hair and teeth, seeing them unkempt may come as a surprise and be a cause for concern. 

A loved one may be unable to properly bathe and groom for a myriad of factors. Keeping your loved one’s hygiene at the top of your mind during visits is one way you can assess their need for assistance at home. 

As a loved one transitions between stage two and three of Parkinson’s, menial tasks, such as bathing and wiping properly after using the restroom are going to be harder. A dip in hygiene may not necessarily mean that your parent is unable to perform the task. It could be a sign of depression. In that case, you may just need a senior companion to come by a few times a week. Observe your loved one carefully and decide whether or not the task of bathing and grooming is too difficult to do alone.

2. Meal Preparation

Meal preparation requires more fine motor skills than you might imagine. You need to be able to stir, flip, scoop, and work efficiently around hot surfaces. If you notice that your parents' meals have been simplified, your loved one may need the assistance and support of an at-home caregiver. An example of this might be if your mom opts for a cabinet of canned soup when she has a favorite recipe that she usually loves to make herself. If you’re uncertain of how well your parent is performing in the kitchen, make a meal with them. Ask if they can open cans for you. How steady are they while working at the stove top? Even in stage two of Parkinson’s, balancing and doing daily tasks becomes harder. If working around a stove is a risk, it’s best to have a caregiver come in and cook meals. 

3. Getting Dressed

Do you ever visit your parent during the middle of the day and they’re still in their pajamas? Maybe they’re just taking it easy and enjoying retirement or maybe they’re struggling to put their clothes on. If you ask your parent about it, they may not be truthful. It can feel like a knock to their ego to admit that buttons are difficult to do and undo. If wardrobe is the only daily task that’s difficult, you may be able to get away with buying your loved one larger clothes that are easier to maneuver into. However, if you notice a decline in other daily tasks as well, a caregiving professional will be able to provide the support your loved one needs to make dressing and undressing much more manageable and less burdensome. 

4. General House Cleaning

Sometimes doing the dishes gets away from you, and they can pile up quickly, but if there’s a pile of dirty dishes every time you visit your loved one, this may mean your loved one is finding it hard to clean them properly. Cleaning can be a dangerous activity. Even in stage two of Parkinson’s, it can be difficult to walk, much less perform a range of household tasks. 

Parents get set in their ways, so if they’ve always cleaned the fan, they may not want to admit that it’s too difficult to stand on a chair to reach the top of the fan. Cleaning poses a higher risk of falls, so it’s very important to provide support in this area. You could hire a cleaning service to come in every week, but by opting for a senior caregiver who can help keep the house clean, provide companionship for your loved one, and even cook meals is another level of expert care. 

5. Interest In Hobbies

If your loved one is no longer participating in one of their favorite hobbies, like playing guitar or crafting, they may not have lost interest. Rather, it might just be too physically difficult for them to partake. Hobbies provide enrichment for seniors that boosts mental health and quality of life. It’s important that they can still enjoy their favorite hobbies. A caretaker may be able to facilitate those hobbies. 

Taking A Step Toward In-Home Care

An in-home caregiver can cook for your loved one, heat up meals, help them bathe and assist them when they need to move from room to room. If your loved one has a medical need, certified caregivers can administer medication and shots. Eventually, if your loved one has Parkinson’s, they may require 24 hour caregivers or other types of Parkinson’s care, so starting off early will help them adjust to having someone else around the house to help. 

Whatever your loved ones needs are, you can trust a caregiver to be able to supply the service. Contact Fedelta to discuss what type of senior care services are best for your family.