Perhaps recently, you visited your mom or dad and noticed a few things were not right.
For example, the empty fridge or unpaid bills lying on the table. Maybe there was an unusually excessive pile of dirty laundry or they hadn’t bathed in a while. Whatever the case, you no doubt left thinking “Ok, I think it is time to hire a caregiver for mom and dad.”
While it is never easy to admit that your parents no longer have the ability to take care of themselves, sometimes it is necessary in order for them to live a happy and healthy life. There are several signs to look for when you find yourself wondering if it is time to look for extra help.
- Becomes lost when driving in familiar areas yet still insists on driving.
- Forgets to pay bills, something he or she was managing pretty well.
- Not recognizing the need to schedule necessary repairs around the house.
- Forgets or not recognizing the need to pick up mail.
- Neglecting to dispose of trash.
- Not seeing the need to cook meals or misses to eat their meals, or leaving expired food in the refrigerator or cabinets for too long.
- Forgetting or not realizing the need to take care of personal hygiene such as wearing the same clothes daily, urine odor or poor oral hygiene.
- Forgetting to take medications and sometimes missing doses or overdosing by mistake. Or maybe they call you to ask which medication they are supposed to take.
- Complete lack of interest in doing laundry or keeping the house clean.
- Has had a few falls and is unsteady on his/her feet. Going up the stairs becomes very difficult.
- Sleeping for long periods of time, or a lack of interest in visiting friends and family. Showing general reluctance to leave the house or run errands.
- Lastly, you may notice the stove left on and their response is not appropriate for emergency situations.
You can start by actively looking for the signs. Remaining passive and waiting until a fall or hospitalization poses a risk. Subsequentially, the rushed care eventually put in place has the potential of triggering a downward spiral on their health based on many different factors. Finding the right caregiver for any care need is vital in the healing process.
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