6 SIGNS THAT IT IS TIME FOR HELP
If you have aging loved ones living on their own and are beginning to question whether they need help, check for these safety issues. It will help you assess the situation and figure out how to broach the topic with them.
Mobility issues: If they are at risk of falling or already in a wheelchair and need help transferring to other seating or getting in and out of bed,
Trouble with personal care: If personal hygiene ( showering, keeping their clothes clean, disheveled appearance etc.) is becoming an issue, they may need help coping with incontinence, getting dressed and eating properly.
Home Safety Issues: If they are having trouble going up and down stairs or operating appliances. Driving safety issues should be addressed and soiled food, overflowing trash, failure to pay bills can all create problems.
Increasing Health Care Needs: Mild cognitive issues like keeping track of medications, inability to prepare food and forgetting to eat are red flags and should be addressed.
Wandering and behavioral issues: When a loved one exhibits signs of confusion, poor judgement, starts wandering, exhibits aggression or anger they be evaluated. These are all signs of dementia and possibly Alzheimer’s Disease.
Loneliness or social isolation: A senior losing interest in hobbies, seeing friends or going out should be checked for depression.
Your loved ones should be approached gently and respectfully. Make sure you listen to all of their concerns while conveying yours. Studies show that most seniors live longer and are usually happier if they can stay in familiar surroundings. If you decide to they should stay at home you will need help. Being a caregiver can be overwhelming. There are helpful community resources available. For detailed information and links please visit our “FAQ” page. If you need assistance assessing your loved ones needs and discussing options with them please feel free to contact us at 302-478-7081 or visit our “ How to Talk Parents” page.