As your elderly loved one ages, they may not be fully able to care for themselves. It is not uncommon for elderly individuals to require more and more care as time goes on. Because of this, you should remain vigilant, and look for signs that your loved one may require more care than they are already receiving. This article will look at common signs that indicate that your loved one may need more care.
Your Loved One and Falling Injuries
Falls are one of the most devastating injuries an elderly individual will sustain. Unfortunately, falls while unattended can lead to severe medical consequences and even death. If your loved one survives a serious fall, it is very likely that it will occur again.
Memory Loss and Dementia
Some memory loss occurs as a part of the natural aging process. However, if your loved one is suffering from more severe memory loss, they may need more help around the house. This can be especially important for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Memory loss can be dangerous for elderly individuals living on their own, as they may forget to turn off the stove or to meet their basic needs. Overall, additional care throughout the day can help ensure that their needs are met and that they are in a safe environment throughout their day.
Aside from falling risks, mobility can be an important factor in determining if your loved one needs care, for example, if your loved one is having a difficult time using the bathroom or getting up from the couch without assistance, this will likely continue to get worse. While mobility aids such as grab bars or lift-assisting armchairs may help, they are not all-encompassing solutions. Your loved one may require more assistance at home.
It is not uncommon for families to notice a decline in hygiene from their elderly loved ones as they age. Forgetfulness, limited mobility, depression, isolation, and lack of motivation can all contribute to this. Declining hygiene practices could be a good indicator that your loved one requires assistance in meeting their daily needs.
Poor Nutrition or Major Weight Loss/Gain in Your Loved One
Some elderly individuals suffer from worsening eating habits as they age. Often, limited access to nutritious foods, such as not being able to get to the grocery store as often can be a cause. But it can also be caused by not being able to make a proper meal for themselves. This is especially true for widowed individuals who relied on their deceased spouse for a proper meal. Be mindful that some changes in weight or appetite may be side effects of some medications they are taking.
Seeing if Home Health Care is Right for Your Loved One
If you think your loved one may require additional care, consider hiring a Certified Home Health Aide to assist them. Many seniors require additional help at home, and a Home Health Aide can be a good solution. Certified Home Health Aides from SafeHarbor specialize in care and companionship for elderly individuals and the disabled. Common services Home Health Aides provide include medication reminders, meal preparation, assistance to and from doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, and more.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical, healthcare, or financial advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
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