Jan 4, 2018 by Erin Couchell
Coming up with New Year’s resolutions is about making important decisions that concern you and your loved ones. If you have a senior loved one who is struggling with living independently, stay watchful for the following signs that can tell you whether they require home care services.
Have you noticed your senior mom or dad has become increasingly forgetful about important matters such as doctor’s appointments, paying bills or taking medication? This may be an early sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s and a clear indicator that your parent needs specialized home care assistance.
When you visit your parent’s home, check whether they can still manage activities of daily living independently. Piles of dirty clothes, dust and grime, and dishes in the sink are signs that your loved one might need assistance around the house.
In case your loved one starts skipping family gatherings and other social occasions or prefers to stay at home rather than go out, chances are their health is deteriorating but they might be afraid to ask for a helping hand. A customized home care assistance plan can include incidental transportation services, which may encourage your senior loved one to get out more often.
If you notice your senior dad is neglecting their modeling hobby or your mom is not keen on painting anymore, that they are moody for no apparent reason or that they just don’t seem like their old selves, something may be wrong. A loving caregiver can also be a devoted companion that may be instrumental in improving your senior mom or dad’s emotional and mental health.
Pay special attention to your parent’s hygiene habits: whether they can maintain their hygiene as they used to, whether they always wear the same clothes, etc. If they have problems with maintaining proper hygiene, there is a high probability that they suffer from a cognitive impairment or a mobility issue professional home care assistance can help them with.
If you keep noticing bruises on your loved one’s body, you might want to consider hiring professional home care assistance. Recurring falls may mean that your parent has trouble with balance or nausea.
Seniors who are diagnosed with chronic diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and various types of dementia often require full-time specialized care. If you have a loved one who falls into this category, better consider professional care options sooner rather than later.
By opting for home care services this January, you can help your senior mom and dad continue living independently in a safer, healthier, happier environment for longer.