Changes with age can gradually develop. One day your elderly parent may seem fine, and the next you may notice they’re having difficulty getting around or keeping up with basic tasks. It can be difficult for seniors to admit and accept that they need help. Often, they don’t want to burden their children or other family members. They often view it as a loss of independence and don’t want to have to rely on someone else.
Recognizing that your aging parent might benefit from home help may allow you to obtain the assistance they need to stay as safe and independent as they can. It does not mean they must go into assisted living or a nursing home if they require assistance. An in-home care provider may provide the level of support that is appropriate for them.
Here are some signs that your aging parent may need more help:
1. They’re having trouble keeping up with personal care or basic housekeeping tasks.
2. They’re becoming more isolated.
3. They’re missing appointments.
4. They’re having difficulty driving or getting around safely.
5. Their home is cluttered, dirty, or in disrepair.
6. They’re receiving bills they don’t understand or notices about overdue bills.
7. They’re being scammed or taken advantage of by someone.
8. They are not bathing or taking care of their personal hygiene as they used to.
9. They are withdrawing from friends and activities they once enjoyed.
10. They have lost weight, even though they are eating the same or more than usual.
11. They are forgetful and have trouble following conversations or instructions.
12. They are confused about time, place, or people more often than before.
13. Their mood has changed significantly and they seem depressed or anxious most of the time.
14. Their medical condition has worsened or they are not taking care of themselves as they should be.
15. You are concerned about their safety and well-being and feel they need more help than you can provide.
16. They’re having difficulty keeping up with their usual activities.
17. You notice they’re forgetting to take medications as prescribed.
18. They’re experiencing more frequent falls or accidents.
19. They seem confused or disoriented, especially when out of their familiar surroundings.
20. They’re exhibiting signs of cognitive declines, such as difficulty with language.
If you have noticed any of these signs in your aging parent, it is time to talk to them about getting some help at home. They may be resistant at first, but try to reassure them that getting help can allow them to stay in their own home and maintain their independence for longer.
While it can be difficult to accept that our parents may need more help as they age, it’s important to be attuned to these changes so we can provide the best possible care for them.
Medical Home Care Professional’s services can provide the assistance they need to stay safe, healthy and independent in their own homes. There are many different types of home care services available, so you can find a solution that meets their needs and budget. Don’t wait until it’s too late, act now to get your aging parent the help they need. Call Medical Home Care Professionals at (530) 226-5577 today!