Gauging the Health and determining if a parent needs assistance

An elderly person can struggle to admit that they cannot take complete care of themselves anymore. No one wants to lose their independence but sometimes it falls upon family members to recognise that a parent may need some extra help with day to day life. This is where Home Instead can come in and help them remain in their homes for longer, rather than move into a care facility.

Here are some questions to ask to determine if your elderly parents may need some extra care?

Can your parents care completely for themselves? Are your parents keeping up with day to day cleanliness, brushing teeth or bathing? Poor hygiene could be a sign that they may need some assistance.

Are your parents taking care of their home? Are all appliances operating properly, do lights need changing or is the garden in need of some TLC? This could impact their health also.

Are your parents safe on the road? Driving can be challenging for older adults. Although this can be difficult to explain sometimes it is not safe for your parent to continue driving.

Have your parents lost weight? Losing weight or gaining amounts in a short space of time could import a number of factors into the situation.

Are your parents still social? It’s important to talk to your parents about their activities. Are they connecting with friends? Have they maintained interest in hobbies and other daily activities? A parent giving up on being with others could be a sign that they need assistance.

If you would like to speak to someone at Home Instead, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Our number is 01704 547938.