As our loved ones grow older, they may require additional support to manage daily tasks within the comfort of their own home. However, many seniors are hesitant to reach out for assistance, even when faced with challenges. Recognizing the signs that indicate the need for in-home help is crucial in ensuring the well-being and quality of life for our aging family members. By understanding what to look for, you can take the first step towards providing your loved one with the necessary care and support they deserve.
Cognitive decline is complex and has many different signs. It can show itself as memory loss, confusion, changes in personality, or difficulty communicating. Your loved one may get lost or show poor judgment. They may stop returning calls or be confused about the time of day.
Cognitive decline can be slow and subtle. Paying attention to possible signs allows you to arrange for help before there’s an emergency.
Changes in Personal Hygiene and Appearance
Problems with mobility, cognition, or other health problems can make it difficult for seniors to maintain their appearance. Poor vision can lead someone to wear stained clothing. Forgetfulness can result in fewer showers or unbrushed teeth.
Look for signs that your loved one is having difficulty dressing, bathing, or maintaining their hair or nails. An in-home caregiver can help.
Social Isolation and Withdrawal
Mobility challenges, health problems, and cognitive issues may cause seniors to withdraw from their friends and family. This social isolation is a vicious cycle. Isolation and loneliness are linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, cognitive decline, and depression. The result is continually decreasing connection with others.
Your loved one may only need transportation to break the loneliness cycle. Or they may need active help interacting with others. In-home care can help seniors build and maintain social connections.
Neglected Finances and Household Responsibilities
Is your loved one’s formerly spotless home getting messy? Are they forgetting to pay bills? Cognitive decline, loss of hearing or vision, or physical challenges may be interfering with their ability to manage their household.
Keep an eye out for unopened mail, increased clutter, dirty dishes and laundry, and unstocked cupboards. Your loved one may be having trouble taking care of their home.
As we age, our need for medications tends to increase. The consequences of not managing those medications can be serious. Pay attention to your loved one’s medicines and refills. Are they taking their prescription medication as directed? Are they able to fill a daily pill reminder box and remember to take everything on time?
Aging seniors may be taking too little or too much medication. An in-home caregiver makes sure medicines are taken properly, keeping seniors healthier.
Contact Bluebird HomeCare Today!
In-home care offers seniors the freedom to live independently for as long as possible. They enjoy the company of a compassionate caregiver and get help with managing their homes and well-being.
Bluebird HomeCare is here to help you and your loved one manage the challenges of aging. Contact us today and schedule a free consultation if a senior in your life is showing signs that they need help.