When should I seek care for my loved one?

Realising that a loved one is in need of care is not always easy to accept. The thought of a move into a care home can bring emotions that are difficult for both you and your family member. Often though, when the time comes to make that move there is a sense of relief for all concerned.

Trying to care for a loved one yourself can bring added tensions to your relationship. Especially where dementia is concerned, it can become particularly upsetting. Sometimes just respite care can bring a much-needed break and allow you to know that your loved one is being cared for. Here are some of the things that show that care may be the right option for your loved one:

Your loved one is struggling with day-to-day tasks

Perhaps there is a degree of acceptance that things get a little more difficult as we get older. Of course, that is true, but when a loved one is struggling with basic tasks this could be a sign that care is right for them. Tasks such as:

  • Getting themselves in and out of bed
  • Getting themselves dressed
  • Being able to wash and take care of personal hygiene
  • The ability to prepare meals

If your loved one is unable to perform these tasks, it may well be that moving into a care home is the right move for them.

A loss of mobility

Of course, a lack of mobility will also have an impact on the day-to-day tasks that we have already looked at. However, it goes a little further than this. People who do not receive the care that they need often become isolated and lonely. A lack of mobility sees them unable to leave their home and seek company. Signs of your loved one struggling with mobility include:

  • A greater reliance on aids such as a walking stick
  • Unable to walk around the house without being out of breath
  • The need for a mobility scooter
  • An increase in the number of trips and falls that they’ve experienced

At ACI Care, we ensure that all of our residents lead full and active lives. A lack of mobility doesn’t mean that they are isolated and we actively encourage them to socialise and be part of our community.

A diagnosis of dementia

When it comes to caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia, there is no getting away from the fact that this is tough. There is a drain on family members both physically and emotionally along with the constant worry about their loved one’s wellbeing.

Seeking a care home that provides specialist dementia care is a source of relief. You will have peace of mind that your loved one is receiving the very best care.

A little extra care

There may be steps that need to be taken to keep your loved one in the best state of health possible. These could include:

  • Regular medication
  • The changing of dressings
  • Exercises to improve circulation

When it gets to the stage where a loved one is struggling with these tasks, it could be that it is time to seek care. It could be that your family member is forgetting to take medication or that they aren’t physically capable to change a dressing. Of course, you may be able to assist but over the long term, this can become a struggle.

At ACI Care we ensure that your loved one is given the appropriate care that they need. Our care homes see our residents blossom by learning new skills and rediscovering themselves. Family members find peace of mind and newfound happiness when they see their loved ones prosper.

For help and advice when looking into care for a loved one contact us today