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Signs Your Loved One Needs Home Care

More often than not, your loved one will not admit that they need help at home.  It is more likely that he or she will try to hide their declining health.  During a phone call to check in on them, the usual response will be, “I am fine” or “everything is okay.”  Admitting that help is needed with day to day tasks is difficult; no one wants to lose their independence or feel like they are becoming a burden to their family.  A visit to their home can tell a different story that will reveal signs that help is needed:

  • Decline in personal hygiene – Unpleasant body odor and stained clothing may indicate that your loved one is experiencing difficulties with mobility.  He or she may not bathe due to fear of falling.
  • Cluttered, messy home – Unpleasant strong odors in the home, overfilled garbage containers, dishes left in the sink, and dirty laundry piling up?  Your loved one may have trouble bending which makes housekeeping difficult.  A cluttered home is not safe and is a risk for falls.
  • Spoiled food in the refrigerator – Have you noticed spoiled food in the fridge?  Are there only microwavable meals in the home?  Your loved one may be experiencing challenges with cooking such as forgetting that they’ve placed a pot on the stove.
  • Forgetting to take medications – Have you noticed full or almost full medication bottles that should be empty?  Are there two of the exact same medications in the home or pill boxes with medication that were not taken?  This may be an indication that your loved one is forgetting to take their medications and needs assistance with medication reminders.
  • Forgets appointments – Has your loved one missed important events?  Has he or she has missed medical appointments?  A caregiver may be needed to accompany your love one to events and/or appointments.
  • Social Isolation – Does your love one remain at home days at a time?  Does he or she appear to have lost interest in their usual hobbies?  Loneliness is a risk factor for depression in the elderly.  A caregiver can provide companionship, engaging conversation, go for walks or assist with hobbies.

Discuss your loved one’s condition with their physician and if it is determined that home care is needed, we are here for you when you are ready to make this change.

* Reference AgingCare.com and Pathways.com

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