How To Tell It’s Time For Eldercare
Maybe you have noticed that dad is forgetting to pay his bills in recent months. Or mom, who has always been meticulous with her hair and clothing, is now wearing stained clothes and forgetting to shower. You try to talk with them out of love and concern, but they brush you off and say “We’re fine, stop worrying.”
Admitting they need help would mean they can’t take care of themselves anymore, and no one wants to lose their independence. The burden often falls on the family to recognize the signs that an aging parent might need help with daily living tasks.
Here are some warning signs to look out for when concerned about whether your parents need extra help. It doesn’t mean they have to move to an assisted living or nursing home right away, but it is time to start looking at how to better support them either at home or at senior community.
- Forgetting to take medications or taking more than the prescribed dosage
- Trouble getting up from a seated position
- Difficulty with walking, balance and mobility
- Uncertainty and confusion when performing once-familiar tasks
- Diagnosis of dementia
- Infrequent showering or bathing
- Unpleasant body odor
- Spoiled food that doesn’t get thrown away
- Missing important appointments
- Noticeable decline in grooming habits and personal care
- Dirty house, added clutter and dirty laundry piling up
- Lots of unopened mail
- Late payment notices, bounced checks and calls from bill collectors
- Poor diet or weight loss
- Unexplained bruising
- Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
- Changes in mood or extreme mood swings
- Car accidents or unexplained dents or scratches on car.