The holiday season brings joyous occasions and the opportunity to create new memories after time apart. Although the holiday season is exciting time of year, it may be that you are noticing changes in your aging loved since you saw them last. It can be difficult to know when it might be time to consider care for your loved one.

Recognizing signs that your parent or senior family member might need home care is an important step in the decision to seek care. Join our care team as we discuss some of the key signs that may indicate your loved one may need some extra help and care around the house:

1. Difficulty with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs):

  • Struggling with bathing, dressing, grooming, or personal hygiene.
  • Difficulty with mobility, such as getting in and out of bed or chairs.
  • Problems with using the toilet or managing incontinence.

2. Decline in Cognitive Function:

  • Memory loss or forgetfulness.
  • Confusion or disorientation.
  • Difficulty managing medications or following medical instructions.

3. Chronic Health Conditions:

  • Managing chronic illnesses has become increasingly challenging.
  • Frequent hospitalizations or emergency room visits.
  • Multiple medications that need to be monitored and administered.

4. Nutritional and Dietary Concerns:

  • Weight loss or poor appetite.
  • Difficulty preparing meals or maintaining a balanced diet.

5. Safety Concerns:

  • Frequent falls or unexplained bruises.
  • Hazards in the home environment, such as clutter or tripping hazards.
  • Forgetfulness about turning off appliances or locking doors.

6. Social Isolation:

  • Withdrawal from social activities or lack of social interaction.
  • Depression, anxiety, or mood changes.

7. Household Neglect:

  • Poor housekeeping and hygiene.
  • Neglect of bills or financial responsibilities.
  • Unmanageable clutter or hoarding tendencies.

8. Transportation and Mobility Issues:

  • Unable to drive safely or unwilling to do so.
  • Difficulty accessing public transportation or getting to appointments.

9. Medication Mismanagement:

  • Missing doses or taking the wrong medications.
  • Difficulty organizing and tracking medications.

10. Family and Caregiver Burnout:

  • Family caregivers are experiencing physical or emotional burnout.
  • The care demands are becoming too overwhelming for family members.

11. Recent Hospitalization or Health Event:

  • A recent illness, surgery, or hospitalization may signal a need for additional support during recovery.

12. Wandering Behavior:

If your parent has Dementia, wandering away from home or getting lost can be a significant concern.

If you notice several of these signs, it may be time to have a conversation with your parent about their care needs and options. While that conversation can be a difficult one to have, it is a critical step to ensuring the safety and well-being as your loved one as they age.

Ask what their wishes are and approach the topic with open-mindedness. Express concern, not judgement. It’s likely that your aging loved one could benefit from some extra in-home help. Contact your local ameriCARE to connect with qualified, compassionate care specialists and find your loved one’s perfect match.