For an older person to admit they need help would mean they can't take care of themselves anymore, but no one wants to lose their independence.
Family members are usually left to take the responsibility to recognise the signs that an elderly parent might need some extra help with daily living tasks. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean your ageing loved one has to move in to a nursing care home, they may just need some extra help in their own home.
Here are some questions to consider to determine if your elderly parents may need some extra care:
Are your parents able to take care of themselves?
Pay attention to your parents' appearance.
Failure to keep up good hygiene can mean they have difficulty with daily routines such as bathing and brushing their teeth. It can also be a sign that they may be experiencing feelings of depression or have a physical ailment that is limiting them.
Are your parents able to take care of their home?
Check that everything is in working order and tasks are kept on top of.
Keep an eye on laundry pilling up, the garden becoming overgrown, or even lights and appliances not working.
Any changes in the way your parents do things around the house could provide clues to their overall health.
Are your parents safe on the road?
Driving can be challenging for older adults due to their decrease in mobility and deteriorating eyesight.
If your parents become confused while driving or you're concerned about their ability to drive safely, it might be time to stop.
Have your parents lost weight?
Losing weight without trying could be a sign that something's wrong.
Weight loss could be related to an underlying condition such as malnutrition, dementia or depression.
Your loved one may also find they have difficulty cooking, have lost their sense of smell or can no longer taste anything.
Are your parents still social?
It’s important to talk to your parents about their activities and what they get up to.
Connecting with friends and being involved in clubs or organisations will help ensure they don’t become socially isolated.
Check that they maintain their interest in hobbies and other daily activities, because it could be a sign of a problem if they give up on being with others.
Even if you don’t live near to your parents but are concerned about their health and wellbeing, there are many things you can do to ensure your loved ones are getting the support they need. Share your concerns with them and address any issues that you feel may become bigger if they aren’t dealt with early on.
Encourage regular medical check-ups, consider home care services, and seek help from local agencies.
If you would like to speak to someone at Home Instead about the home help services we offer, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
From our office in Abergele, Home Instead are proud to be able to provide personal care and home help for seniors, as well as rewarding careers for their CAREGivers across North Wales; including Abergele, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Denbigh, Holywell, Llandudno, Ruthin, Prestatyn, Llanrwst and everywhere in between!
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