The signs usually come on gradually, like a sort of creeping dread that suggests harder times lie ahead.
Your mother becomes withdrawn from family. Your father finds familiar tasks more and more difficult. You notice scratches on your aunt's car from accidents. Your grandfather's home becomes filled with clutter and stacks of unfolded laundry.
We all want to experience our golden years with a sense of dignity, so watching a loved one lose their grip on self-sufficiency is one of the hardest, most depressing things most of us will ever do.
When all the signs suggest a loved one is no longer OK alone at home, the family faces hard decisions about what to do. Will they strip the senior of their familiar settings and move them into a nursing home? Will one of the family members reluctantly take on the enormous responsibility of becoming a caregiver for the aging or disabled relative? It can seem like there aren't any good choices - only sacrifices to be made.
However, there is one option that balances the loved one's need for additional help and the tremendous personal impact on his or her family: home care services like Chattanooga's 5 Star Home Care
5 Star Home Care was created in 2007 by Kenny Higdon after he witnessed the difficulty his own mother had finding someone she felt comfortable hiring as a caregiver for his grandmother. 5 Star hires only the most qualified caregivers and has a team of expertly trained schedulers to match the needs of seniors, he said. The company's procedures are tailored to work toward constant monitoring, care management and never placing the senior at risk of being left without care.
5 Star Home Care serves the Chattanooga, Knoxville, Johnson City, Nashville, Cookeville and Memphis, Tenn., communities.
Home care services exist to provide the basic services that facilities do - light housekeeping, meal preparation and social activities - without removing the senior from the familiarity of their home. It is a cost-efficient alternative to an assisted living facility that preserves the aging loved one's sense of freedom and comfort.
To inquire about 5 Star's home care services, call 423-893-8181.