Signs Your Elderly Loved One May Need Help at Home

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As members of our family begin to age, admitting the need for help or assistance is often difficult - some are ashamed or in denial, while others are worried they will lose their independence. It then becomes the responsibility of family members to recognize when help is needed and in what capacity. Often, family members make the assumption that their elderly loved one should be placed in an assisted living facility or a nursing home when they actually just need a helping hand with day-to-day activities or chores. So how do you know when it’s time to bring in help? Here are a few signs that you should be watching for when it comes to the well-being of your elderly loved one.

Physical and Mental Changes

In many cases, the first change you may notice is in your loved one’s physical or mental state. These signs may include:

  • A loss of interest in their favorite hobbies or activities
  • Difficulty keeping track of time
  • Difficulty remembering appointments, dates, or taking medication
  • Confusion or difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Difficulty moving, getting up or down, or having balance issues
  • Diet changes and/or mood changes

If you notice that your loved one’s personal hygiene changes, that could also be a sign. For example, if they have an unpleasant body odor, their grooming or personal care habits change, or if they aren’t bathing as frequently. Often, this could result in odors on the person, their clothes, or in the entire house. It’s important to be sensitive when discussing personal hygiene issues, however, it should be addressed.

Household Changes

Not all changes are directly related to your loved one, their direct environment can also be affected. This could include lack of healthy food in their refrigerator or pantry, spoiled or rotting food, dirty laundry piles, or just the entire house is a mess. Other signs to look out for include:

  • Unopened mail
  • Late payment notices
  • Late or missed payments
  • Marks on walls or furniture
  • Stains on the furniture or carpet
  • Overflow of trash

Hiring an Aid

If any of these signs are present, it may be time to sit down with your loved one and discuss the need for an aid. This is a great alternative to assisted living or in a nursing home, allowing your loved one to keep their sense of independence while giving you the peace of mind that they’re being cared for.

About Lenus In Home Care

At Lenus In Home Care (previously On Call Staffing - Home Care), our aids are certified and specialize in working with elderly patients in the comfort of their own environment. Our Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) can help your family with personal care services, homemaking services, or for companionship.

For more information on whether you should consider hiring a Certified Nursing Assistant to help your loved one, contact Lenus In Home Care! We would love to offer our assistance and help you feel more secure about your elderly loved one at home.

Jamie Booth