As our loved ones age, we want to do all we can to help them age safely and independently in the comfort of their own homes. Each time we visit, we are mindful of changes in their disposition or memory, the upkeep of their homes or their hygiene, accessibility challenges and any other clues to how they are aging.
How do we know when our elderly family members need help to age successfully at home? DailyCaring.com offers key signs to watch for that may indicate a need for intervention.
Physical & Mental Health
Have they lost weight or do they seem increasingly frail? Do they have trouble having normal conversations? Do you notice any strange new behaviors like repeating stories or being unusually confused about simple things? Are they squinting or tripping over things much more than usual?
How can West PACE help with physical and mental health? PACE at home is designed to support your loved one’s ability to remain in their home by providing necessary medical and personal care where they are. Our trained Personal Care Attendants are ready to help when you cannot. In addition, our physical, occupational and speech therapists work tirelessly to support their overall well-being and help them recuperate after an illness or injury.
Are their driving skills the same as before? Do you feel safe when they drive you around? Are there any unexplained dents or scratches on the car?
How can West PACE help with transportation? We provide scheduled transportation that helps your loved one get to important appointments to stay healthy. We can also deliver medical supplies and fun activities to their door to save you the drive.
Do they still engage in activities they once enjoyed? Are they reluctant to leave the house?
How can West PACE help with social interaction? Our adult day center serves as a hub to eat a hot meal, see your primary care provider, enjoy interesting activities with friends, or schedule a work-out with one of our therapists in a vibrant, supportive community.
Is the house messier or dirtier than normal? Is there a lot of unopened mail? Are unpaid bills lying around? Are there broken household items?
How can West PACE help around the house? Our team can provide light housekeeping and help keep an eye on things around the house during those times when you can’t be there.
Meal Preparation & Nutrition
Is the refrigerator stocked with fresh foods? Is there moldy or expired food around? Are there burned pots and pans or burn marks on the floors or counters?
How can West PACE help with meal prep and nutrition? Our registered dieticians cater to participants and tailor meal plans to their dietary needs. This may involve substituting ingredients to avoid food allergies or medical conditions like diabetes while assuring meals taste great.
Are there any new medications, vitamins or supplements you haven’t seen before? Is their medication organized so it’s easy to take the correct dose at the correct time? Are expired medications mixed in with current ones?
How can West PACE help with medication management? We ensure participants enrolled in our care are on the right medications and provide assistance with taking them properly. We remove the stress of going to the pharmacy by delivering prescriptions to program participants’ doors.
If your last visit with your elderly loved one left more questions about their independence than answers, it might be time to consider getting help (or more help) for them at home.
If you or a loved one are 55 or older, live in North County San Diego, and meet state requirements for nursing home level of care, contact West PACE today to see if enrolling in our program is right for you. We can also answer any questions about the recent Medi-Cal expansion and can coordinate a tour of our center. Call 760-280-2230 or email us today.