If your elderly loved ones have always been strong, independent people, it can be difficult for them to admit when they need help. They may begin to struggle with tasks that they once took for granted, or they may stop doing things they used to love for fear of falling or getting hurt. All the while – they may be hesitant or embarrassed to tell you.
The following are three signs to look for that may be an indication that it is time to bring in a home care worker to help your elderly loved ones.
Having difficulty with self-care tasks.
If you notice changes to your loved one’s grooming habits or appearance, it could be an indication that they are having trouble with self-care tasks. For example, if they have always been someone who dressed neat and well, and they’ve recently started opting for sweats or pajamas, it could be an indication that they are having trouble with buttons or ironing. Or maybe, your loved one has always been very clean, and lately, you’ve been noticing body odour. This may be an indication that they are nervous about getting in and out of the tub. Noticeable weight loss (or weight gain) might be an indication that they are not eating properly.
Home care workers can help your elderly loved one with self-care tasks like ironing, bathing, as well as meal planning and preparation.
Housekeeping is lax.
If your loved one has always been a neat and tidy person, an unusually messy house could be an indication of a problem. Have you noticed a spill that has been left without being cleaned up? That could be an indication that your loved one is having problems with mobility and is not able to reach down to the floor to clean it up. Is the grass on their normally well-kept lawn suddenly looking overgrown? This could be an indication that your loved one is no longer confident using the lawnmower.
Home care workers can help with or perform tasks around the house that your elderly loved ones are no longer able to do on their own such as housekeeping, cooking and mobility.
They are losing their social connections.
Your elderly loved ones can lose their social connections for a number of reasons. If they are having trouble with self-care or mobility, they may feel self-conscious. If they are having trouble with household tasks, they may be embarrassed to invite people to their homes.
Home care workers can help restore your loved one’s confidence in themselves by helping them with self-care and with their home. They can also provide companionship services to help maintain your loved one’s mental health and ward off loneliness.
If you have noticed any of these signs with your elderly loved ones, it could be an indicator that it is time to bring in some home care.