Holiday gatherings may highlight declines in loved ones’ behaviors. What to watch for.
It’s the holidays and with the holidays come family gatherings. But what if mom or dad (or another loved one) just doesn’t seem the same this trip? Less engaged. More distracted. Struggling with activities of daily living. Recognizing the subtle signs that indicate a need for in-home care can ensure they continue to live life to the fullest in the comfort of their own homes.
Here are 10 signs that your elderly loved one may need in-home care:
- Loneliness and depression. If your loved one is withdrawing from social activities, losing interest in hobbies, or showing signs of sadness or despair, it may be a sign that they need more companionship and support.
- Difficulty with daily tasks. If your loved one is having trouble with basic tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, or using the restroom, it may be a sign that they need help with activities of daily living (ADLs).
- Safety concerns. If your loved one is at risk of falling or injuring themselves, or if they are having trouble remembering to take their medication, it may be a sign that they need someone to look after them at home.
- Memory Lapses and Confusion: Forgetting important dates, appointments, or taking medication regularly can be concerning. Memory lapses and confusion can be signs of cognitive decline, which may require additional support with daily tasks and decision-making.
- Unexplained Bruises or Injuries: Falls are a common concern among older adults, and unexplained bruises or injuries can be a red flag. In-home care can provide assistance with mobility and fall prevention measures, reducing the risk of accidents.
- Declining Physical Health: Noticeable changes in physical health, such as weight loss, fatigue, or difficulty walking, can indicate underlying health issues. In-home care can provide support with managing medications, attending doctor’s appointments, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
- Neglected Personal Hygiene: A decline in personal hygiene, such as unkempt appearance, dirty clothes, or a messy home, can be a sign of struggling to maintain self-care. In-home care can assist with personal care tasks, ensuring your loved one remains clean and comfortable.
- Unsafe Living Environment: Cluttered homes, poor lighting, or lack of safety features can increase the risk of accidents. In-home care can help assess and modify the home environment to ensure safety and accessibility.
- Unexpressed Needs or Concerns: Your loved one may be reluctant to admit they need help, so it’s important to be observant and attentive to their unspoken needs and concerns. Open communication and regular check-ins can help identify potential issues early on.
- Increased caregiver stress. If you are the primary caregiver for your loved one, and you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, it may be time to consider in-home care to give you some respite.
Recognizing these signs is the first step in providing the support your elderly loved one needs to maintain their independence, safety, and well-being. In-home care can offer personalized care, companionship, and the assistance they need to continue living a fulfilling life in the comfort of their own home.
If you are concerned about your loved one’s well-being, it is important to talk to them about your concerns and to seek professional advice. A geriatric care manager can help you assess your loved one’s needs and develop a personalized Care Plan.
Call now to talk to a Caring Companions care provider at 269-204-653 or https://caringcompanionskalamazoo.com/contact-us/ to get started in as little as 24 hours.
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