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Determining Your Loved One’s Needs

Determining Your Loved One’s Needs

As your loved ones age, you may be tasked with making difficult decisions, like whether it is time for them to require home care assistance. And if so, exactly what level of home care assistance fits their current needs. Bearing in mind that their needs will change over time, here is a basic checklist that can serve as a starting point for having that conversation with them.

Activities of daily living (known as ADLs) are used by healthcare companies to determine the level of care a senior requires and their eligibility for services and financial assistance. ADLs fall into six categories of basic skills needed to properly care for oneself without direction, supervision, or assistance.

Six Basic Skills:

  • Eating
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Continence
  • Toileting
  • Mobility

This list is not in chronological order, as everyone’s situation and abilities are different. It could be due to medical conditions, or sometimes is simply a general challenge to complete. Sometimes, these complications arise from physical problems, but it also might be due to mental challenges too. Aging is a complex and delicate process. It may be appropriate to first determine if there is another the cause of the problem, and if so, take steps necessary to remedy it.

While the goal is to help seniors age in place, it should not be considered a failure if they need help in doing so. If all that is needed is a bit of help with housekeeping and grocery shopping, that situation is still considered quite an independent lifestyle. All things being relative, it could always be worse. As mentioned before, a senior’s needs will change over time, sometimes faster than we can manage, and often quicker than we are ready to admit.  

Feel free to contact us if you would like help in determining if your loved one needs ADL assistance. We can help you develop a plan of care that works for everyone involved.

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