Are you worried about your elderly loved one living alone?
You may be wondering whether they are doing okay on their own or if they could use some extra help around the house. Before you bring up the possibility of in-home care, with your loved one, pay attention to any unusual habits or concerns. Here are 5 signs that your loved one may need in-home care.
1. Their home is messy and unkempt.
If your loved one is typically a clean, organized person, it can be a big red flag if their home is looking messy and unkempt. There could be quite a few reasons why a once-neat person has become messy, and most of them indicate a need for in-home care.
It could be that cleaning and doing chores are too physically painful for your loved one. Your loved one may also be struggling with forgetfulness, possibly due to the onset or worsening of dementia or Alzheimer’s. It’s also possible that your loved one just doesn’t care about chores and daily tasks anymore.
2. They’re showing a lack of interest in activities they used to enjoy.
Maybe your loved one has always enjoyed gardening or going to the movies. If, one day, you notice their lack of interest in these favorite activities, they may benefit from in-home care—specifically companionship care. While there can be other causes for a lack of interest, the most common cause is depression. For older adults living at home alone, depression is a huge concern, brought on by feelings of loneliness and isolation. Their in-home caregiver will develop a relationship with your loved one and participate in their favorite activities with them.
3. They are prone to falling or other injuries.
Whether due to a physical condition or a mental one, your loved one may be falling or hurting himself/herself more often. If an accident were to occur, you’d want to know that your loved one is safe and can get the help they need right away. Their in-home care provider can ensure that they are taken care of as soon as possible. You’ll never have to worry about whether your loved one could get to the phone in time or recover from a fall.
4. Your loved one is becoming more forgetful.
Due to the natural aging process or a condition such as Alzheimer’s, your loved one may be more forgetful and confused. This can be dangerous, as they may forget to take their medications, leave the stove on, or wander around aimlessly. Their caregiver can help with a medication schedule, assist with chores, and ensure that your loved one is safe.
5. They have trouble getting around.
Your loved one may have trouble getting around the house or getting around town. This may be due to a physical condition, an injury, or an inability to drive. You can customize their in-home care services to help them move about and get around as necessary.
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