While each person’s situation is unique, here are some warning signs family caregivers can look for to determine whether a loved one needs help at home.
You’ve been noticing the changes for a while now; mom or dad is showing signs that the activities of daily living are becoming a challenge. The laundry is piling up, their appearance isn’t as fresh as it used to be, and papers are strewn across the dining room table. But, at what point do these gradual changes become a serious concern requiring you to step in and do something about the situation?
How do you identify when your parent’s health and safety is at risk?
While each person’s situation is unique, here are some warning signs family caregivers can look for to determine whether a loved one needs help at home. If you observe one or more of these signs, you may want to consider exploring professional homecare for your loved one(s).
- Changes in appearance: Have you noticed changes in how they look? Are they wearing the same clothes too often without laundering?
- Mood changes and resistance to help: It’s common for someone who feels as though they’re losing their independence to resist help. They may want to prove they can still care for themselves, and many are afraid of having to leave their own home.
- Forgetfulness: Forgetting appointments or difficulty finding things could be associated with normal aging, but if this affects their health and well-being, you might want to consult a doctor and consider help at home.
- Changes in housekeeping: Are the dishes piling up? Is there “stuff” on the floor that could result in a trip or fall? A clean and clutter-free home is an important safety issue that cannot be undervalued.
- Loneliness: Does your loved one seem withdrawn or appear to have lost contact with friends? Loneliness can lead to social frailty, which in turn can become a medical condition.
- Weight loss: Weight loss is an important indicator of declining health and may mean that your loved one is not eating healthy, nutritious, well-balanced meals.
Remember, sometimes just a little extra help is all your loved ones need to keep their independence.
If you observe one or more of these signs, perhaps you should consider exploring professional homecare for your loved one(s). Call our local Niagara office today at (289) 434-4704 to discuss how ActivePro Nursing & Homecare Inc. can assist your family.