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Common Indicators Your Senior Loved One May Need Assisted Living Care At Home

Jan 15, 2018 by Lisa Carson RN, BSN

January is traditionally when people make resolutions to be healthier and happier in the coming year. But this year your senior loved one might benefit from a resolution to get assisted living care. It’s not easy for seniors to talk about needing help at home, but it will start to become apparent when your senior loved one needs help. If you have noticed any of these common signs in your senior loved one it’s time to talk about assisted living and hiring a home caregiver:

A Messy Home

If you visit your older loved one’s home and notice that there are piles of laundry, dirty dishes in the sink, and garbage that has not been taken out, your senior may be struggling with activities of daily living such as light housekeeping and meal preparation. Home care services can assist them with these types of activities.

Social Isolation

If your senior prefers to remain at home rather than attending social functions and community events, their health is likely deteriorating and they may be afraid to ask for help. A home care plan can include incidental transportation services and encourage an older adult to get out and about.

Increased Forgetfulness

If you notice that your older loved one seems to forget to bathe or visit the doctor, home care may be a good choice for them. Although aging can hinder a senior’s memory, frequent forgetfulness may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia which requires a special type of care that a home care agency can provide.

Poor Hygiene

You may notice that your senior doesn’t smell great or hasn’t washed their hair or brushed their teeth in weeks. If this is the case, they are likely suffering from a cognitive impairment or an issue with coordination and mobility and may require home care as a result.

Frequent Falls or Injuries

In the event that your senior has cuts, bruises, or discoloration, they may be falling and injuring themselves frequently without telling you. Frequent falls may mean that your older loved one has trouble walking, is nauseous, or suffering from poor motor skills. A caregiver can help with fall and injury prevention.

Personality Changes

You may notice that your senior no longer has the desire to participate in hobbies that used to make them happy. They may suddenly become abrasive or moody and hard to recognize. If this is the case, a caregiver can provide them with the companionship they need to improve their mental health.

A Chronic Health Condition

If your senior has been diagnosed with a chronic health condition like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, or osteoporosis, they likely require full-time or round-the-clock care that can be provided through home care services

While it may be difficult to admit your senior loved one in Lubbock, TX or in the surrounding area needs assisted living help, it is an important task that can make a positive difference in their life while giving you and your family the peace of mind you need to know that your older loved one is well cared for throughout this new year.

Contact us today to find out more about the many benefits that a caregiver has for seniors. 

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