Needing help at home is something that may not be easy to accept or admit at any age, but for aging loved ones, it may be even more difficult to admit for the aging person as well as their family. As hard as it may be to realize an elderly parent or loved one needs help at home, family members should take care to recognize and understand the warning signs. Typically, these signs can include mental and physical issues. Early detection and remedy can avoid potential problems later, such as accidents in the home.
Here are some signs that it may be time to get some in-home help for your aging loved one.
- Difficulty keeping track of time
- Sleeping for most of the day
- Poor diet or weight loss
- Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
- Changes in mood or extreme mood swings
- Difficulty getting up from a seated position
- Difficulty with walking, balance and mobility
- Unexplained bruising or injuries
- Marks or wear on walls, door jams, furniture and other items being used to help with stability while walking through the home
- Uncertainty and confusion when performing once-familiar tasks
- Forgetfulness, including forgetting to take medications or taking incorrect dosages
- Missing important appointments
- Consistent use of poor judgment, such as falling for scams or sales pitches, or giving away money
If you notice any of these signs in your aging loved ones at home, now may be the time to speak with an in-home care specialist.