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    Today, nearly thirty-two percent of adult children[1] are living out of state from their parents. Career opportunities, spousal relocation, even military duties can prompt grown children to relocate often great distances away. This makes the holiday season even more precious and special when families are reunited to celebrate the past years accomplishments and make plans for the upcoming year. But what happens when after traveling, in many cases, thousands of miles you come home to find your parents and grandparents not doing as well as you’d believed? The blessing of technology is we can be in constant communication with our loved ones. The disadvantage is the often we can be shielded from a family member’s declining health or mental faculty, usually due to their not wanting to worry us.

    Making the decision to seek out professional home healthcare can be incredibly stressful. You believe you know it’s time for your loved one to have a trusted caregiver, but how can you be sure? When making the initial determination take a moment and answer these questions (this is not an exhaustive list, please check with your loved one's physician for additional criteria): 

    1. Is a reliable relative or trusted family friend within a 10 min walk or 5 min drive?

    2. An accidental fall can have devastating consequences. Is the living space one level, with no/minimal steps to enter/exit?

    3. Is your family member ambulatory and able to leave home to go out easily?

    4. Are prescription medications being taken exactly as indicated?

    5. Has your loved one recently suffered a health scare: Dementia/Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Hypertensive, Diabetic, or other condition you’re concerned about?

    6. During your time home, have you been upset by the personal hygiene of your relative? Are they bathing, and able to dress themselves in clean clothing?

    7. Proper nutrition is cornerstone of health. Have you been worried your loved one is not eating properly, or has great difficulty preparing meals so that it is a safety risk?

    8. Is your family member reliant on an oxygen machine, or any other durable medical equipment?

    If you answered ‘No’ to questions 1-4 and ‘Yes’ to questions 5-8, it is the perfect time to contact One Solution HomeCare to discuss your needs, and have a no-cost assessment provided so that you can make an informed decision moving forward. With over seven years in business, and one of the highest caregiver retention rates in the industry, we are here to provide you with the quality care you need for your relative, at an affordable price. Let One Solution Home Care help keep your loved ones home for the holidays and beyond. 



    [1] https://www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/info-2018/adults-live-with-children-fd.html

    Dawn
    Dec 12, 2018
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