There is always the right moment to get help at home for your seniors. The thing is to know when is the best time. The entire process can be emotional and hard. But, in the end, it is only necessary to start the process before it’s too late. Here are few tips that might help you to recognize the right time for this decision.
The first sign is the clearest one. Your senior just can’t handle everyday chores like it used to? It’s time to think about help at home. Some of the signs that this is happening is an empty refrigerator, pilled up mail, change in personal hygiene, etc. Below you have a list of symptoms that your senior needs help at home.
Most Common Difficulties May Be With:
- Dressing and grooming
- Going to toilet
- Interchanging between places (moving from room to room, from bed to chair)
- Walking and eating
Changes in Their Physical Appearance:
- Losing weight, having problems with cooking, eating, shopping, etc.
- Drastic changes in facial look; hair and/or beard growing out of control; and generally poor hygiene.
- Burns on skin, which would indicate problems with cooking.
Changes in Their Environment:
- The house and yard are not maintained as usual
- There are dents and scratches on the car, which shows a lack of motor skill needed for driving a vehicle
- Inadequate food supplies
- Unopened mail/unpaid bills
The Behavior of Your Senior Should Also Serve as a Clue
- Lack of motivation or drive
- Not returning your phone calls
- Early stages of verbal or physical abuse
Also, you might notice memory lapses in your elderly, which are followed by confusion, repetitive speech, and a lack of reasoning skills which could be the first sign of Alzheimer. In this case, you are definitely in need of help at home.
Together with your parent, you can sit and make the best decision possible. We argue that help at home is your best bet.
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