Is your loved one starting to struggle?

2020 has been difficult for so many people, especially for the older people in our community where many people haven’t been able to receive visitors and enjoy the company of relatives for a long time now.

If you are able to see relatives over the Christmas period, for the first time in months, it may be that there are noticeable differences in your loved one from when you last saw them. We thought it might be helpful to highlight some early signs to look out for, which could suggest your loved ones may not be managing as well as they used to.

Dietary Changes:

  • Lack of interest in food/eating or not cooking anymore, missing meals, unbalanced diet?
  • Spoiled food in the fridge?  This may indicate that they cannot see the ‘use by’ dates or they are not remembering to check
  • Weight loss/clothes not fitting? This is not a natural part of ageing and may suggest an underlying health condition.

Emotional Changes:

  • Is their house not as well maintained?
  • Are they unmotivated or have they lost their sense of pride?
  • Are they physically unable to do what is needed, or unable to see what is needed?
  • Is there a change in their mood – have they become depressed, quiet, withdrawn or are they feeling isolated?

Physical Changes:

  • Have they stopped going out for regular walks?
  • Have they become less mobile?
  • Are they ‘Furniture surfing’ or needing to stop and rest more regularly?
  • Are they experiencing more pain, and as a result, are they reluctant to move?

Are you concerned about your relative's memory?

  • Missed appointments?
  • Misplaced items?
  • Unable to recall recent events/names?
  • Missed medication?

Spotting these signs early can help prevent your loved one from ending up in hospital or having a fall. Home Instead can help the individual to maintain their independence for as long as possible, whilst supporting with tasks such as food preparation, personal care and medication prompting. 

We would like to offer our support and if you have any concerns about a friend or family member then please do give us a ring. We would be more than happy to offer any advice and help we can, including possible solutions and ways to promote their independence, as well as information about support networks available within the community.