Signs your elderly loved ones may need extra help

Now more than ever, older members of our community may need a little extra support at home; whether recovering from an illness, affected by a bereavement, or having to self-isolate away from friends and family. Home Instead Brighton, Hove & Shoreham offer some advice and questions to ask if you think your elderly loved ones need help, giving you some peace of mind.

No one wants to lose their independence. It can be hard for an elderly person to admit they need help and can no longer take care of themselves. Often, family and others who are close recognise the signs that an older person might need some assistance with daily living. This extra support can be provided in their own home and here are some questions to ask if you are considering this need:

1. Are your elderly loved ones able to take care of themselves?

Not keeping up with daily routines like bathing, tooth brushing and good hygiene is a sign they may be experiencing feelings of depression or have a physical ailment.

2. Are your elderly loved ones able to take care of their home?

Has a light bulb or bulbs not been replaced for a while? Is the garden getting overgrown and is the dish washing or laundry piling up?

3. Are your elderly loved ones still maintaining social links?

Are they still connecting with friends and other relatives, particularly during self-isolation? Have they maintained interest in their hobbies, clubs and other daily activities via reading, the radio, phone or internet?

4. Have your elderly loved ones lost weight?

Weight loss could be related to many factors, including difficulty cooking, loss of taste or smell or perhaps an underlying condition like malnutrition, dementia or depression.

5. If they still drive, are they safe on the road?

If your loved ones become confused while driving or you’re concerned about their ability to drive safely, it might be time to stop.

Even if you don’t live near-by to your parents, if you are concerned about their health and wellbeing there are many things you can do to ensure they get the support they need. Share your concerns with them and address issues you feel may become bigger if they aren’t dealt with early on. Encourage them to continue with regular medical check-ups, consider home support services tailored to their needs and seek help from local agencies.

If you would like to speak to someone at Home Instead, please don’t hesitate to get in touch - you can call 01273 284090 or email [email protected]. We also have an e-brochure available on our website which you may find useful.