Nobody wants to have to think about a time when their parents reach an age where they can no longer live independently. Unfortunately, the vast majority of seniors will require some level of care following retirement and as they make their way through their ‘golden years.’ Below are the signs to watch out for that will alert you to the fact that your parents need in-home assistance.
They are not looking after their financial affairs responsibly
Becoming more forgetful is part and parcel of getting older. Look out for piles of unpaid bills or messages from collection companies when you visit. Unfortunately, if memory issues progress to the point of impacting your parent’s financial standing, it is time to step in. Take a look at this comprehensive aging parents checklist to ensure that you cover all bases when it concerns their long-term care.
It is evident that they are not getting the nutrition they need
Optimal nutrition is extremely important in all stages of life; however, it is especially important as a person ages. The right nutrition plays a huge role in keeping organs functioning at their best, strengthening bones and joints, and preventing a number of chronic illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. If your elderly parent is losing quite a bit of weight, then this could be a sign that they are struggling with the physical task of meal preparation and cooking or may be experiencing a poor appetite. Either way, an extra helping hand around the house is sure to make the world of difference.
Their home is unclean and disorganized
When mobility takes a knock and aches and pains become a daily struggle, many seniors may find it challenging to undertake the duties necessary to keep their home clean and tidy. This is a sure-fire sign that additional home help is required.
They are falling or injuring themselves regularly
Falls are extremely risky for older adults because there is a much higher chance that they will break or fracture a bone as a result. If your parent is regularly falling over, it is wise to take action to maximize their safety with helpful additions, such as grab bars in the bathtub and a stairlift to aid them in going up and down the stairs. If the problem persists, organizing long-term care should be a priority.
Their personal hygiene has slipped
When you are confused, in pain, or having a difficult time with your mobility, personal hygiene is often pushed on the back burner. Keep an eye out for if your parent is no longer bathing, washing their hair, or getting dressed. They might need more help to complete these tasks as they get older.
They have been diagnosed with a chronic condition
While many seniors diagnosed with a chronic condition can continue living independently for long periods of time, others may require some help, especially if they are struggling to remember to take their medication as prescribed. Some chronic conditions call for immediate in-home care, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.