The statistics says that 40% of people over 65 years old require daily assistance of some sort, and even though it is not always clear when is the right time to hire a caregiver, it is better to bring help in advance to prevent your loved ones from injuries or accidents.
Such duty as assistance with daily living activities/physical care seems obvious, however there is much more to the caregiver role.
At Morgan & Mallet International, we frequently receive requests for caregivers and we would like to share with you some tips that would help you decide if there is a need to hire a caregiver for your family members.
1. Your loved one is feeling lonely and needs emotional support. Elderly people are often prone to feeling depressed or lonely, which in its turn may seriously affect their physical and mental health. And even though the person may be capable of living on their own and does not require a lot of physical care, if you see that they lost interest in activities and spend most of their time indoors, it may be a good idea to bring a companion / caregiver into their life.
2. The person has issues with walking and keeping balance. If your family member walks unsteadily or drags their feet, there is a high risk of them falling down and injuring themselves. A caregiver would be near and support your loved one to prevent them from falling.
3. Safety Concerns. If your family member suffers from forgetfulness, this may result in serious safety issues, such as failing to remember to switch off appliances or water, or locking their home, eating spoilt food, etc. Moreover, people suffering from forgetfulness may often miss their medication which would affect their health. A caregiver would ensure a safe environment for the patient, gently remind them to take medication, drive them safely to appointments, etc.
The caregiver/companion job has many more aspects, and finding the right person is not always easy. The ideal candidate has to be patient, empathetic, a great listener, and be trained in handling medical emergencies, emotional upheavals, administering medication, and a lot more. The consultants at Morgan & Mallet International will be happy to help you determine the best profile that would be most suitable for your unique situation.
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