The loss of independence and mobility is often gradual, and it’s often not until a loved one suffers an accident, like a bad fall, or a worsening health problem, that families realize that help is needed. Preventative home-care services can reduce the risk of such accidents before they happen. Here are some warning signs that it may be time to consider at-home care:
This doesn’t mean a build-up of clutter, which is common for many homes, but that your parent or relative is unable to keep the house clean. Signs like unclean toilets or baths mean they may be unable to bend over to scrub and wipe. Dust-covered high surfaces that were once clean could mean that they are unable to lift their arms over their head.
Sometimes small chores, like dead plants, piles of newspapers, unwashed dishes and expired food left in fridges show an inability to keep up with a regular housekeeping and means they need assistance with their daily routine.
Forgetting to do things
This is especially noticeable in people who are typically punctual for social engagements. Things like unpaid bills because a loved one forgets to post a check or open the mail is an alarming sign with potential financial repercussions.
Missed family events, like birthday parties, indicate they may have difficulty keeping track of time. Forgotten doctors’ appointments or missed/incorrect medication dosages are a strong signal that some form of intervention may be necessary.
It is important to keep a close eye on a loved one’s physical appearance, particularly if they’re cagey about allowing guests into their home. Bumps and bruises from falls may be evident, particularly on older skin, which is slower to heal. Weight loss may be from a chronic, long-term illness, but if a loved one is otherwise healthy, it also suggests a poor diet, meaning they’re struggling to cook for themselves at home.
Declining hygiene is an uncomfortable subject to broach with loved ones, who feel their dignity may be compromised. However, body odour from not washing or poor toileting is another indication that they’re no longer able to take care of their hygienic needs independently, and in the case of incontinence, may be symptomatic of a larger underlying health issue and should be watched for.
Upkeep of appearance
Unclean clothes, particularly from relatives who would normally take pride in their appearance, is another warning sign that they may be unable to keep on top of their housekeeping. If a loved one normally wears button-down shirts or blouses and has switched to a basic t-shirt or sweatshirt, it could mean they are having issues with buttons, due to arthritis or a degenerative illness, which could worsen over time.
At-home care can help loved ones with non-medical issues like cooking, housekeeping, exercise, keeping on top of bills and finances, and establishing a social routine. Caring people inc are ideal when preserving a loved one’s sense of independence and dignity while preventing further health and wellness issues by offering companionship and caregivers.