Rockland, MA (PressExposure) January 04, 2012 -- The holiday visits are behind us and now it's time to review and take stock. Those of us with aging parents should heed the signs that indicate that an aging loved one may be declining, jeopardizing their safety and well-being at home. With offices in Rockland and Plymouth, Right at Home of the South Shore has launched a free, 5-Minute Online Care Assessment tool.
"There are a number of visual clues indicating a decline in health or independence that you should pay attention to," explained Libet Callahan, RN, BSN, president of the South Shore based office of Right at Home, providers of non-medical in-home care services to seniors and disabled adults.
Callahan lists the 10 signs to watch for in your aging loved one that are cause for concern:
1. Weight loss
2. Not maintaining his/her personal appearance and hygiene
3. Not remembering when to take medication and not knowing what condition each medication is treating
4. Not eating nutritious meals or not eating at all
5. Food in the refrigerator or on the shelves that is past its expiration date or molding
6. Not maintaining the home by doing chores such as cleaning bathrooms, washing floors or regular vacuuming
7. Not paying bills - unpaid or unopened piles of bills are a red flag 8. Not taking proper care of a pet
9. Avoiding or having difficulty ascending/descending steps
10. Limiting contact with or lacking an interest in the outside world
According to Callahan, "If you believe that your loved one may be having difficulty, you need to address it with your loved one and other close family members. Your aging loved one may be in need of a number of services - from companionship to personal care and homemaking."
If your aging loved one is showing one or more of these signs, take the Right At Home 5-Minute Online Care Assessment. Visit http://www.rightathome.net/southshore/.
Single-service care options such as meals-on-wheels or an adult daycare may be enough. But, oftentimes a multi-service provider such as Right At Home is needed to provide the companion, homemaker and personal care services that enable seniors and those with disabilities to remain in the comfort of their home for as long as possible.
For questions or more information, contact Right At Home at 781-681-3545.
About Right At Home
Right at Home provides non-medical in-home care services to seniors and disabled adults throughout the South Shore. Right At Home is among the first in the state to earn Accreditation from the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. As a private-pay home care agency, Right At Home can provide services in settings other than the home, such as in assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement facilities, skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and hospitals.
Right at Home provides care services of companionship, homemaking, physical assistance, hygiene and wellness. In addition, Right At Home accommodates clients in special care situations providing home care for Alzheimer's and other dementia, osteoarthritis, hypertension/stroke, diabetes, heart disease, neuromuscular diseases and disorders, cancer recovery, hospice/palliative care support, mental health, traumatic brain injury and paraplegia/quadriplegia. All Right At Home caregivers are fully insured and bonded, must pass a vigorous background check, complete a training program and pass a competency test before being placed with a client.