In support of family caregivers nationwide and National Family Caregiver Month in November, Always Best Care Senior Services Chief Executive Officer Michael Newman is providing Chispa the best advice for helping families identify the need for increased care for their loved ones at home.
Founded in 1996, Always Best Care began franchising in 2007 and is one of the fastest growing senior care franchise systems in the USA and Canada. It was recently recognized with several industry leader distinctions and also honored those among its own 5,000+ caregiver network with its annual awards series.
“With more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, very few of us are free from the vital and very difficult role of caring for an aging parent or other loved one,” says Michael Newman.
“There is hardly a job more important or more emotionally, physically and financially challenging. In support of National Family Caregiver Month, I not only salute caregivers everywhere—including our very own network of 5,000+ women and men—who are dedicated to providing quality and compassionate care, but I also am pleased to provide the following tips that might help families better recognize the need for increased care for their mother or father at home.”
Five signs your loved one may need more care at home:
- Failure to Thrive
Your senior has difficulty with daily activities; doesn’t eat well; isn’t showering as often as before; can’t keep the house as clean; isn’t dressing as well.
- Chronic Health Conditions
Your loved one may be getting sick more often; losing or gaining weight; becoming more frail; having difficulty walking or with balance issues; or needing more time to recover from colds.
- Behavioral Changes
He or she has become more forgetful, more agitated, and is having mood swings.
- Medication Management Issues
Your mom or dad are forgetting to take prescribed medications.
- Socialization Declines
Conversations are getting shorter; there’s less community involvement, and less engagement with friends.
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