Mar 15, 2017 by Michael Craig
Watching your loved one age can be challenging. Even if they appear to be in good health, it’s important to pay close attention to their behavior and physical and mental abilities. If you notice any of the following warning signs, it might be time to consider in-home care.
If your loved one undergoes a change in their physical appearance, chances are they may need help maintaining their independence.
Neglect in appearance could signify that your loved one is having trouble caring for him or herself. Look for stained clothes and unkempt hair.
If you notice your loved one is having trouble maintaining their hygiene, this is an indicator that they may need assistance with daily activity. Signs to look for are problems with grooming, bathing and incontinence.
If your loved one appears thin or frail, this indicates they may be having difficulty preparing meals, or trouble chewing or swallowing. Elderly nutrition is important and hiring a caregiver from Comfort Keepers Beverly Hills ensures your loved one will get the nutrients they need to remain healthy.
If your loved one is having trouble getting around or they appear to be walking slower than normal, they could be at a greater risk of falling. Hiring an in-home care specialist will ensure your loved one gets around the house safely without slipping and injuring him or herself.
Aging is an emotional process. It’s important to regularly ask your loved one how they are feeling as they go through these changes in their life. A drastic change in their mood can be a serious red flag indicating depression or more serious health concerns. Is your loved one showing signs of depression? Are they sleeping more often than before? Do they avoid interacting with others and being social? Are they easily frustrated or often stressed?
If your loved one is showing signs of memory changes, this may be an indication that they need assistance. Our caregivers are trained to handle the specific needs of those with memory loss like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Our goal is to help your loved one maintain their independence as much as possible.
Have you noticed your loved one has bumps or bruises? Accidents are a common problem as people age. In order to prevent a serious accident, consider in-home care. A compassionate caregiver will help your loved one get around the house. We also offer a variety of safety products and medical alert systems in order to provide a little extra security and safety.
If you notice laundry or clutter piling up around your loved one’s home, that could be an indicator that they need help. Another indicator is stale or expired food, unfilled prescriptions, stacks of unopened and unpaid bills, and the smell of urine. Keep an eye out for these signals and give Comfort Keepers Beverly Hills a call to discuss our in-home care options. It is our goal to help your loved one remain in their family home for as long as possible.
At Comfort Keepers Beverly Hills, we understand that every senior is different. We will develop a custom in-home care plan designed to accommodate the unique needs of your loved one.