What does it mean to ‘pick up the pieces?’ Essentially this refers to having to pick up the broken piece of something after it has been destroyed when it could have been better protected and avoided the mishap in the first place. When a person begins showing signs they’re having difficulty taking care of themselves in a safe and healthy manner, home care is a great option to talk about.
Some people avoid this topic because they worry about the reaction.
For example, an elderly woman, perhaps in her late 70s, has been showing signs of slowing down for quite some time. She’s been living alone for more than five years, so she grew accustomed to doing most things for herself. However, recently she’s called on a neighbor, friend, and maybe close family members for help with various tasks.
Her family and friends were talking one afternoon and all agreed she was beginning to slow down. They thought about the topic of home care support services, but didn’t want to offend her, so they didn’t bring it up to her directly.
One morning, as she was struggling to get out of bed and into and out of the shower, she slipped and was injured. Her family and friends were devastated because they had worried about this for many months. They just didn’t say anything.
If they had sat down to talk to her about home care support, could this have been avoided?
There’s no real right or wrong answer to that question. It’s possible she could have been injured some other time during the day. She could have had a mishap when no one was around to help her or support her. Or, with the care and assistance of a home care provider, she could have waited until that individual was there at her house to try doing some of these tasks that kept her off balance or that didn’t feel all that comfortable to her.
While people have a lot of different opinions regarding the topic, one thing is clear: when somebody is unsafe or has extreme difficulty with their mobility, a home care aide can keep them safer. That doesn’t mean injuries and mishaps won’t occur, but the risk of them happening drop significantly in light of experienced and professional home care support services, most commonly in the form of a home care aide.
Have questions about home care for seniors in Kaanapali, HI? Contact the caring staff at All Care Hawaii today. Call Oahu (808) 206-8409 or Maui (808) 664-3853. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
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