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Home Health Care Survey - How do I know if it is the right time?

Considering home-based care is a big step. You need to take the necessary measures to provide care, security and safety without offending the dignity of those you love. So when is it the right time to bring in help? Here are some issues to consider when determining if care is necessary and what level of care is appropriate now. Indicate the frequency your loved one has trouble with the following issues and see what your next step should be.

Medical Issues:
Has had a medical crisis or an accident in the home.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

Expired medications or pills forgotten to be taken are found in the home.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

Memory Issues:
Forgets important names and places or shows signs of general confusion.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

Is less talkative or shows signs of social withdrawal.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

Social Issues:
Is content to sit in a chair all day.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

Exhibits difficulties with speaking or communicating.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

Nutritional Issues:
Lacks interest in food and is losing weight.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

There is a lack of wholesome food in the kitchen.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

Mobility Issues:
Needs help to run errands, shop and keep appointments.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

Has vision, hearing or mobility issues that affect ability to function independently.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

Hygiene Issues:
Wears dirty or food stained clothing or night clothing during the day.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

Neglects bathing, showering or brushing teeth.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

Housekeeping Issues:
The house is cluttered with accumulated mail or newspapers.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

Laundry and basic housekeeping tasks like dusting and vacuuming are left undone.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

The kitchen or refrigerator smells of spoiled food or scorched cookware.

Never
Occasionally
Sometimes
Often

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