When the One You Love Needs in Home Health Care

How do you know when your loved one needs help at home?


Perhaps your father is recovering from recent surgery and isn’t able to move about the house like he used to, or your mother, once meticulous about her appearance, has begun to let herself go.

When you ask how they are doing, the response is always the same, “We’re doing  just fine.”

While you want to be there for your loved ones and provide them with the support they need, you may not be able to fully take this type of responsibility. You may be restricted by your hours at work, or you may live too far away. If you can’t be there to ensure the health and safety of your family, you may be considering other alternatives.

Although your parents are aging and may face some health issues, this does not necessarily mean they need to be placed in an assisted living home or a long term care facility.

Home health care services can provide your loved ones with the help they need while allowing them the freedom and independence of living at home.

Signs Your Loved Ones May Need Help at Home

Your aging loved ones may not want to readily admit they need help from skilled nursing care. They may not want to come to terms with the fact that there are some areas of their lives they cannot handle by themselves anymore. For this reason, it is often up to you and other members of your family to recognize signs that indicate your loved ones may need private home care. Some of the most common signs may be:

  • Difficult standing up or sitting down by themselves
  • Spoiled or forgotten food on counters or in the refrigerator
  • Unpleasant body odor
  • Noticeable decline in personal care and grooming
  • Poor diet or sudden weight loss
  • Bounced checks, notices of late payments, or calls from creditors
  • Recent surgery or diagnosis of illness
  • Home that has become much more cluttered or messy

Introducing Your Loved One to the Concept of Private Home Care

When you recognize your loved one is in need of skilled nursing care, your first step should be introducing them to the concept. Do not be surprised if they are a bit resistant to this change at first. It can be frightening for them to realize they can no longer care for themselves completely on their own. Here are some helpful ideas to consider when speaking to your loved ones about hiring private home care.

  • Identify why they are resistant to the idea. Your loved one may be frustrated by the fact that chronic pain, illness, or age is preventing him or her from performing everyday tasks that used to be simple to do. They may feel more comfortable simply denying a problem exists than facing it.
  • Express your concerns, but be careful not to accuse. Instead of approaching the situation by telling them they can no longer take care of themselves, let them know how concerned and worried you are for their safety and health when they are on their own.
  • Unless your loved one is incapacitated, allow him or her to be a part of the decision process. You can provide them with the research and information you have about home health care services, but it is essential that they have the last word on what is done so they are comfortable with this change in their lives.

Whether you are concerned about your grandmother, mom, dad, or just a close friend of the family, ensuring they receive the help at home they need is essential.

If you recognize any signs that indicate they need help from a Sarasota or Bradenton in home health care service, take the time to introduce them to the concept and discuss their options so they comfortable and ready to receive the assistance they need to live independent lives at home.

We’re always here to help you transition through the process and to offer support and exceptional quality care.

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Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN

Administrator at Help at Home Homecare
Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN has over 30 years of experience in health care administration, with 26 years dedicated to clinical and financial oversight of various home health organizations, including Medicare, hospice and private operations. After beginning her home health career with private home health care in Sarasota, Joyce served as Vice President and the Chief Operations Officer for a multi-site, multi-state, Medicare and Private home health organization in regions of the US. She then became Vice President of Clinical Operations of one of the country’s largest hospice operations located in the Tampa area. Prior to leading Help At Home’s private initiative, Joyce initiated multi-site start-up home care operations, ensuring regulatory compliance and licensure, with a strong focus on customer service. Most recently, she held the position of Chief Compliance Officer with concentration on quality improvement of a large Florida based Medicare multi-site organization.

Joyce received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University and her Master’s in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. There, she a assumed a faculty and administrative role and later received Hospice Administrator Certification. Her educational background, years of broad-based home care leadership with emphasis on continual improvement and customer service qualifies her to lead Help At Home Homecare in becoming an exceptional provider of private home care services in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties.

Joyce lives in Sarasota with her husband, has three grown daughters and seven grandchildren.