8 Signs Your Parents May Need In-Home Care
Each person experiences the aging process differently, including our loved ones and parents. With this in mind, it’s important to understand their regular behaviors and personality to distinguish when things change. When spending time with an aging parent, pay close attention to their demeanor, behaviors, and habits to recognize when additional support may be needed. When we evaluate how our loved ones are doing in terms of their health and welfare, we can be the best advocates for their quality of life and safety. These 8 signs may mean that it’s time to consider in-home care as an option to ensure your loved one’s safety, well-being, and independence.
Forgetfulness & Loss of Memory
Do you notice if mom or dad becomes more forgetful, especially when it comes to daily or weekly tasks? Missed doctor appointments, forgetting to take medication, and losing car keys are just a few examples that may signal memory-loss or early signs of dementia.
Disorganized & Unmaintained Home
When you walk into your parent’s home, is it disorganized and in disarray? Your loved one could be falling behind on chores and basic housekeeping. Piling laundry, unanswered mail and bills, and an unkempt yard are just a few instances that can indicate your parent needs support when it comes to activities of daily living (ADLs).
Noticeable Changes in Diet
Has your parent lost or gained a substantial amount of weight recently? Are they experiencing a loss of appetite or failing to maintain proper nutrition? Unstocked pantries or fridges, spoiled foods, or multiples of the same food products can suggest the person is struggling with cooking and could use some help meal-prepping or running to the grocery store.
Noticeable Changes in Appearance & Hygiene
If mom and dad appear disheveled or untidy, it may be a sign of cognitive impairment or problems with coordination. If you observe infrequent bathing or neglect when it comes to personal appearance and hygiene, it may be time to hire someone to help them maintain proper grooming habits.
Falls, Injuries & Unexplained Bruising
Is your parent experiencing frequent unsteady balance or suffering from vertigo or nausea when they try to stand and walk? This could show that your loved one may have decreased motor skills and needs support navigating around the home. A caregiver can offer mobility support and help your parent maneuver around fall hazards present in the home.
Noticeable Changes in Personality
Pay attention to your parent’s personality. Are they more irritable and reclusive than usual? Are they exhibiting patterns of loneliness, aggression, or no longer participating in their favorite activities? A sudden change in mood may be a sign of depression or other health conditions. With in-home care, a caregiver can provide friendship and companionship to your loved one.
If mom or dad have a chronic illness or are recovering from a recent surgery, in-home care may be the best option to monitor their health and help them heal, in some cases.
Driving Issues & Driving Accidents
Is your loved one showing signs of distracted driving, getting more tickets lately, or having some close calls on the road? Don’t be afraid to voice your concern, especially since your parent could be endangering others when they drive. A caregiver can give you peace of mind by transporting mom and dad to appointments, running errands, and getting them from point A to point B safely. Having the conversation, even if your aging parent refuses help, is important to initiate before a health crisis happens.
Does your loved one exhibit any of these signs? If so, it may be time to consider in-home care. The next step is to determine the level of in-home care needed for your parent: personal care, skilled care, or behavioral health care. Take our quiz to figure out what level of care your parent needs and give us a call at 855-616-2662 to discuss your options.