Is it time for home care?
As your parent or loved one ages, you may start to see signs that they need a little extra help at home. Because everyone ages differently, some seniors may remain independent into their 80s, while others may need care sooner to keep them healthy and safe. It can be challenging to know when home care has become necessary for your aging loved one, so we’ve put together typical signs to watch for when trying to decide if it’s time to ask for help.
Signs of Injury
Signs of injury can be an indication that your aging loved one is having difficulty taking care of themselves or that the home is in need of safekeeping.
- Bumps / bruises
- Sudden limping
Change in Ability or Appearance
These types of changes may be the result of various health issues or decreased ability.
- Difficulty getting around
- Noticeable weight loss
- Neglected hygiene
- Mismatched clothing
Changes in Routine
Although routines may change as our loved ones age, sometimes changes can be indicators that help is now necessary.
- No longer cooking / change in diet
- Hobbies cease
- Decreased social contact
- Calling people repeatedly at unusual hours
Unusual Amount of Clutter
Lack of home maintenance may be a sign that help is needed due to physical, mental or emotional changes.
- Stacks of unopened mail
- Large amounts of dirty laundry
- Old food in the refrigerator
Behavioral changes may be a indication that a bigger issue may be developing. See a doctor if your loved one is consistently exhibiting unusual behavior.
- Paranoia or accusatory behavior
- Agitation, especially at night
- Noticeable changes in mood
- Anxiousness or reclusiveness
- Memory loss or confusion
When the time comes to take the keys, having a caregiver there to take your loved one to run errands or simply get out of the house keeps their spirits up.
- Dents or scratches on vehicle
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Weaving or straddling lanes
- Easily gets lost or disoriented
I’ve noticed my loved one exhibiting some of these signs … what do I do now?
After you have picked up on warning signs that your loved one may be in need of some assistance, you should begin researching so that you have an idea of what kind of resources are available in the area. This will enable you to suggest solutions when you speak with your loved one and other family members. Presenting an option such as home care services may help to ease your loved one’s mind, as most seniors prefer to stay in their own home.
Contact Elder Independence
We’re available 24 hours a day to help you evaluate your needs and determine the best options for you and your loved one. If our company isn’t the perfect fit for your loved one at this time, our home care team will guide you to an alternative solution using our expert knowledge and community resources. Contact us online or give us a call at (501) 847-6102 to set up a free in-home consultation today!