As we age, our competence to independently move and accomplish some things can take a toll on us. As health declines, older adults often need a little extra help at some point in their senior years. But just when do you know you could use assistance from a qualified home health provider?
It’s easy to disregard symptoms of health concerns and attribute them to aging. However, overlooking some signs can lead to serious problems. The following are symptoms that you should not ignore with regard to yourself or your aging loved ones:
- Speech problems
- Changes in vision
- Feelings of dizziness
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Weakness in the limbs
- Unexplained weight loss
These are signs to seek medical help. If they occur inconsistently, you should still address these with your health care provider. Whether these are confirmed to be symptoms of an underlying illness or side effects of medications, or simply signs of aging; assistance from home health care agency can mean a world of difference for you and your loved one.
On one end of the spectrum of home health care is advanced skilled nursing services. Many home health care agencies offer Skilled Nursing Care which provides hospital-level care right in the comfort of home. A skilled nurse can help address medical concerns for a few hours each day or for 24-hours-a-day if your loved one needs more acute attention.
On the other end of the spectrum is non-medical home care. If you or your loved one needs assistance with preparing nutritious meals, grooming and hygiene guidance, getting outside safely for fresh air or errands, or simple companionship care; home health care can provide this. A trained caregiver can come directly to you or your loved one for extra assistance in a familiar and comfortable environment.
Acknowledging and addressing health changes and symptoms is crucial. Having your medical team ensure proper diagnosis and treatment of any health concerns is the first step of healthy aging. Secondly, is coordinating care that supports health, safety, and comfort for you and your aging loved one.
ClearPath Home Health Care provides skilled home health care as well as non-medical home care and senior care services in Akron, Ohio and surrounding communities. Our goal is to improve quality of life for our clients and their families and prolong independent living at home. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you.