Can Your Loved One Function at Home Without a Caregiver?
Ask yourself these questions to help you make that decision.
- Can this person read and understand medication?
- Will this person be able to properly administer medications to themselves?
- Will this person be able to care for themselves daily including bathing and dressing?
- Will this person be able to prepare three healthy meals a day?
- Can this person maintain their home adequately, such as housekeeping, laundry, caring for pets, disposing of trash, etc.?
- Can this person recall recent events, such as, did I take my medication, did I eat, did I bathe today, when is my next appointment, do I need to refill medication, etc.?
- Can this person communicate their needs and any changes in health condition?
- Will this person be able to move about safely in their home?
- Will this person have the necessary safety equipment to live at home, such as a shower chair, walker, wheelchair, handrails, etc.?
- Will this person be able to access help if they need it?
- Will this person have someone to check on them daily?
- Can this person safely drive or is there transportation available for errands and medical appointments?
- Will this person have opportunities for socialization?
- Is this person aware of their surroundings? Can they recall their home address, phone number, and phone numbers of family or caregivers?
- Is this person relying on an elderly spouse who may not be an adequate caregiver?