As your parents get older, you will notice that they might require more help with simple activities in their daily lives. Surveys have shown that 90% of seniors want to stay at home for as long as possible, in a familiar and comfortable environment, rather than moving into a nursing home. That’s when in-home care can help your family and your loved one.
Here are 6 signs that you need in-home care services:
1. Increased forgetfulness
Sometimes we may forget where we put our wallet at home, but it doesn’t happen to us frequently. When your parents start losing memory and can’t remember things in an obvious pattern, or if they miss important appointments, or constantly forget to take their prescribed medication, it is time to consider home care services.
2. Poor hygiene and living environment
If your loved one has unpleasant body odor and does not bathe regularly, this is something that needs to be addressed in your family. Environment and living conditions not being properly upkeeped also shows that your loved one might need additional support.
3. Significant weight loss and weight gain
Sudden weight loss or weight gain is an important sign for your parents, especially among the elderly. Weight loss is mainly caused by malignancy, nonmalignant gastrointestinal disease and psychiatric conditions. Moreover, depression, loss of interest in food with poor nutrition and food choices will also affect body weight.
4. Mood and behavior changes
If your loved one has sudden behavior or personality changes and extreme mood swings, this is something important to look out for. This kind of change is often associated with taking increased dosage of medication, a loss of a spouse or loved one, or progression of a severe chronic illness.
5. Loneliness and depression
If you notice that your loved one is sleeping throughout the day and is not motivated with their regular daily activities or hobbies and interests, this is a sign that you need in-home help.
6. Decreased mobility
You may notice that your parents may have increased difficulty in walking or balancing. Another red flag is if your loved one has unexplained bruises or injuries.