A sign your ageing parent needs help?

Here are some typical signs of ageing, Keep an eye out for these types of behaviour. Don’t be alarmed as soon as you notice one occurrence, or even a few. Just take note of the behaviour, and if it begins to seem out of character, then maybe it is time to consider care. We at Home Instead are here to help just pick up the phone to me or send me an email.

Consider these events, none are particularly concerning on their own but should we be concerned if our ageing parent acts out a number of these instances in a short period of time?

If these are out of character, or come with a state of confusion or denial, maybe it is time to have an important, yet beneficial, conversation. Catching these signs early is essential to promoting good quality of life, and ensuring that support is there when it becomes necessary. The hashtag #considercare is attached to these ‘signs’, as although they point to the potential need for care, they do not necessarily mean it is the case.

Some of the signs could include:

The unread post

Your previously organised parent is now unusually leaving post unopened and ignoring it.

The missed appointments

Are you seeing signs of doctors and hospital appointments being missed? Are appointment cards being ignores, check-ups being missed?

The overflowing bins

Your parents normally dreads the sight and smell of an overflowing bin! So why is it that there is now a horrible smell in the kitchen, and the big bins haven’t been put out for a few weeks?

That mysterious dent

A strange dent appears on the side of your parent’s car, which they adore. You ask them how it happened, and they don’t recall when or how, nor that it was there in the first place. 

The unwashed dishes

You begin to notice the washing up slowly mounting up which is unusual as previously your parents/loved ones were meticulous when it came to cleaning and tidying.

Pets’ strange behaviour

Upon arriving for your regular visit, you aren’t greeted by the dog that normally won’t leave you alone. Could this mean the dog isn’t getting walked?

The empty fridge

Not only is the fridge almost entirely empty, but the 2 or 3 items that are there are a week out of date. For your foodie mum this is quite strange.

The forgotten kettle

You have now been offered you 3 cups of tea since you arrived an hour ago. Your loved one put the kettle on, and has completely forgotten about it each time. Normally you would have drunk 3 cups by now.

The misplaced keys

Your parents are  normally organised , but now they lose keys on a regular basis. There are only so many times you can give them your spare key.

The forgotten medication

For a parent who has stuck to their medication schedule for years, it seems quite odd that you notice missed days in their medication packet. Why is this?

We have a loevely team of CAREGivers in Epping Forest who can make a difference to th e;lives of their elderly clients. For more advice about care in the client's home, get in touch with me [email protected]/eppingforest  I look forward to hearing from you.

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