Dec 8, 2023

Recognizing the Signs: When Your Parent May Need Extra Care at Home

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As our parents age, it's natural to be concerned about their well-being and independence. While many seniors prefer to age in place, there comes a time when they may need some extra care to ensure their safety and quality of life. Learn about the signs that may indicate your parent could benefit from additional care at home, allowing you to take proactive steps to support their health and comfort.

1. Changes in Physical Mobility:

Difficulty with mobility is a common sign that your parent may need extra care. Watch for:

  • Unsteady gait or frequent falls.
  • Struggling to perform routine tasks like standing up, walking, or getting in and out of chairs.

2. Challenges with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs):

If your parent is having difficulty with basic self-care tasks, it may be time for additional support. Look for signs such as:

  • Trouble bathing, dressing, or grooming.
  • Difficulty preparing meals or eating independently.

3. Memory Loss or Cognitive Decline:

Cognitive changes can impact daily functioning. Be vigilant for signs like:

  • Forgetfulness, missing appointments, or repeating questions.
  • Confusion about time, location, or familiar faces.

4. Changes in Personal Hygiene:

A decline in personal hygiene can indicate difficulties in self-care. Watch for:

  • Poor grooming habits.
  • Unwillingness to bathe or maintain cleanliness.

5. Neglected Household Responsibilities:

If you notice a significant change in how your parent manages their home, it could be a sign of needing extra care. Look for:

  • Untidy or cluttered living spaces.
  • Neglected housekeeping tasks and overdue bills.

6. Weight Loss or Changes in Appetite:

Physical health can be reflected in changes in appetite and weight. Keep an eye on:

  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Lack of interest in cooking or eating.

7. Increased Social Isolation:

Seniors who are struggling may withdraw from social activities. Be concerned if you observe:

  • Reduced interest in hobbies or socializing.
  • Fewer visits from friends or family.

8. Medication Mismanagement:

Managing medications can become challenging for seniors. Watch for signs like:

  • Missing doses or taking incorrect medications.
  • Confusion about the purpose or dosage of medications.

9. Unexplained Bruises or Injuries:

Frequent bruises or injuries may indicate falls or accidents at home. Pay attention to:

  • Unexplained marks or bruises.
  • Difficulty explaining injuries.

10. Expressing Loneliness or Depression:

Your parent's emotional well-being is as crucial as their physical health. Be attentive to signs of:

  • Persistent sadness or tearfulness.
  • Expressions of loneliness or feelings of isolation.

Starting the Conversation

Recognizing the signs that your parent may need extra care at home is the first step in ensuring their well-being. If you observe these indicators, it's important to initiate open and compassionate communication.

Discuss your concerns with your parent, involve other family members, and consider consulting with healthcare professionals to explore the best options for providing the additional care and support they may need.

Remember, proactive intervention can enhance their safety, comfort, and quality of life as they age.

Get in touch with Compassion Network Home Care today to learn about our home care and home support services available to seniors in Edmonton and Calgary.

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