At some point in life we will be tasked with the question, does my mother need Home Care Services? or my father?, or my spouse?, or my brother?, etc. In today’s life, reality is that technology, current medications and medical treatments have increased tremendously our life expectancy, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that our quality of life will be better during our senior years. People are experiencing chronic diseases for longer periods of time, so the chances of being too old to take good care of ourselves, or being disabled, or mentally or physically limited by a disease are very high.
When a loved one has reached 65 years of age we need to start paying special attention to their overall health status. Most people are in very good shape when they hit their 65th birthday, however, health might deteriorate very quickly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 7 leading causes of death in the USA are:
- Heart disease
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases
- Accidents (unintentional injuries)
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases)
- Alzheimer’s disease
According to the CDC, as of 2014 more that 110 million people in the US where diagnosed with any of these diseases.
All these diseases have one thing in common: in a way or another they all hinder someone’s ability to perform certain tasks or activities of daily living (ADLs) and put a high toll on people who suffer them, from a physical and mental stand points. However, people usually believe that getting some assistance is a signal of weakness and loss of independence. That’s why it is usually too late when people consider hiring a Home Care agency, when their bodies and minds are completely exhausted.
Wouldn’t it be great for your mother to have a helping hand do the dishes, or fix a meal, or change the linens and do the laundry, or do her grocery shopping while she takes care of her health and spends time in activities she loves? This is not about losing independence, it is about concentrating the effort on things that really matter, like health and wellness.
Because of this, consider hiring a Home Care Agency as early as possible when your loved one is diagnosed with a chronic disease. This is a gift that will improve their quality of life, and prevent visits to the hospital.
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