For an elderly person to admit they need help would mean they can’t take care of themselves anymore, and no one wants to lose their independence. It is quite often that the burden falls on the family members to be able to recognise the signs that an ageing parent might need some extra help with the day to day tasks. If the need for help is recognised it doesn’t necessarily mean that your loved one has to move into a care home, they may just need some extra help in their home.
It can be hard to recognise the signs which determine if your elderly parent does need extra help care, and that’s where we have offered a check list of questions:
Are your parents able to take care of themselves? Pay attention to your parents’ appearance. If they are unable to keep up with daily routines such as bathing, brushing and good hygiene is a sign that they may be experiencing feelings of depression.
Are your parents able to take care of their home? Are the pots piling up on the side of the kitchen or is the laundry bin over filling? These changes in the way your parents do things around the house could provide clues to their health.
Are your parents safe on the road? Driving can be challenging for older adults for many reason, as they become older they have less mobility to get in and out of the car and this is just the first task that they face. They may also become confused while driving or you’re concerned about their ability to drive safety, therefore it may become time to start driving.
Have your parents lost weight? Losing weight without trying could be a sign that something’s wrong. Weight loss could be related to many factors, including difficulty cooking, loss of taste or smell or perhaps it is the signal of an underlying condition such as malnutrition, dementia or depression.
Are your parents still social and getting out the house? It is very important to talk to your parents about their activities, are they connecting with friends? As they have become older do they still maintain interests in hobbies and other daily activities?
We understand it is hard for elderly people to keep social and active, and here at Home Instead Sheffield we have created a WOW guide which is the What’s On Where guide and we provide this free for the local community to help encourage the elderly to make social plans.
If you would like to speak to someone at Home Instead, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 0114 246 9666. It’s free to arrange a care consultation and it’s the first step to putting care into place for you and your loved ones.