Caregiving

Eight Signs that your Loved One May Need Help at Home

Assessing Your Loved One’s Needs

Have you started to wonder if it is time to hire someone to take care of an aging loved one at home? There are several signs to look for to indicate when the need for care arises.

Apart from aging, the senior may become forgetful, lonely, fearful, unsteady, poor at hygiene, or they may lose appetite or interest in what matters to them most. If your loved one seems to be having any of these symptoms, it could be time to hire a caregiver.

Have you noticed…

  1. Memory Loss or Reduced Mental Ability
  • Isn’t sure what to say in conversations
  • Forgets dates and misses appointments and commitments
  • Misses stop signs or gets lost when driving
  • Shows poor judgement or decision-making
  1. Incontinence
  • Has frequent leaks
  • Has occasional accidents
  1. Loss of Interest in What Matters to Them
  • Hardly wants to participate in the activities they love most
  • Is isolated and keeps to him or herself
  • Feels lonely or depressed
  1. Change in Eating Habits
  • Has experienced weight loss or weight gain
  • Seldom cooks like before
  • Eats too little, or eats too much unhealthy food
  1. Medication Irregularities
  • Misses medication
  • Takes the wrong medication
  1. Poor Hygiene
  • Wears dirty clothes.
  • Isn’t bathing regularly
  • Is not tending to proper oral hygiene
  1. Instability or Reduced Mobility
  • Is unsteady or off balance
  • Has experienced a recent fall
  • Is not getting in and out of bed, dressing, bathing, or walking like before
  • Is not getting recommended physical exercise
  1. Difference in Sleeping Patterns
  • Sleeps excessively
  • Stays awake in the night
  • Walks around the house at night
  • Is showing signs of fatigue

If some of these symptoms sound familiar, the first step is to consult a doctor to understand the causes and get appropriate treatment. If the symptoms are ongoing, it doesn’t mean that you need to relocate your loved one to a nursing home or assisted living. Home care workers can help your loved one with all of these activities and more, while providing companionship and support for them, and peace of mind for you. If you think it’s time for help, give us a call and we can talk you through your options and next steps.