Signs that Older Adult Needs Home Care

Signs that Older Adult Needs Home Care

Family caregivers and senior care professionals may notice changes in their loved ones, which send up a red flag that an otherwise healthy older adult needs more assistance to remain safely and independently at home. These signs are an indication it might be time to call for help:

1. Household bills piling up. Seniors can feel overwhelmed by the simple task of opening and responding to daily mail.

2. Reluctance to leave the house. Rather than ask for help, seniors who are having trouble with such functions as walking, remembering and hearing will pull away from their community and isolate themselves.

3. Losing interest in meals. Seniors who suddenly find themselves alone, perhaps after the death of a spouse, can be easily discouraged by such tasks as cooking and tend not to eat properly.

4. Declining personal hygiene. Changes in appearance, such as unkempt hair and body odor, failing to change clothes for days on end or clothes inappropriate for the weather, are among the obvious signs that a senior needs.

5. Declining driving skills. Look for evidence of parking or speeding tickets, fender-benders, dents and scratches on the car.

6. Scorched pots and pans. Cooking ware left forgotten on top of an open flame may be a sign of short-term memory loss or even Alzheimer’s disease.

7. Signs of depression. Feelings of hopelessness and despair, listlessness, fewer visits with friends and family, a change of sleeping patterns and lack of interest in the usual hobbies and activities are indicators of depression.

8. Missed doctors’ appointments and social engagements. These can be signs of depression or forgetfulness. But they can also be the result of no longer having a driver’s license and not knowing how to get alternative transportation.

9. Unkempt house. Changes in housekeeping may come about because the senior is physically tired. They could also result from depression.

10. Losing track of medications. Seniors often take multiple prescriptions for various health conditions. Keeping track without reminders and assistance can be confusing.

SOURCE: Home Instead Senior Care

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home. Please call 905-521-5500.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500

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