Watching a parent grow older and experience the signs of aging can be difficult. Families should understand the aging process and to learn the signs that could indicate an elderly parent requires additional help around their home. As experienced specialists in this area, the team at elderly home care company
Neighborly Home Care is now highlighting 7 warning signs that an elderly parent needs some help. Learn the signs and in the coming months we will discuss the transitions and the steps needed to prepare for the changing needs of aging loved ones.
When bills and other mail are piling up, it could be a sign that the elderly loved one is no longer following a daily routine. Families should make time to discuss the issue, because they could be overwhelmed or confused.
Weight loss in the elderly without an apparent reason could be a sign of a mental or physical health condition. The problem could be that, after the death of a spouse, they are apathetic about meals, or that it is too much of an effort for them to cook for themselves.
Often, elderly people can find it difficult to manage checking accounts and other financial responsibilities within their day-to-day life. Adult children should speak with their parents about becoming joint holders on checking accounts to help them manage bills and review their financial position. Seniors can also fall victim to con artists, and being involved in their finances can make it easier to catch suspicious activity early.
Another possible sign of a mental health struggle is poor hygiene. If the person has been wearing the same clothes for several days in a row or is otherwise unkempt, this could be a sign they are unable to follow their bathing routine. Children should consult their parents’ doctor to address this concern.
Children should try to keep track of their parents’ appointments as much as possible as their parents age. When elderly loved ones forget appointments with doctors, dentists, and other professionals, it could be a sign they are losing some mental strength.
People commonly forget where items have been left around the home. If this occurs several times a day, it could be a sign of an ongoing or worsening problem. Children should monitor this issue and try to talk to their parents’ doctor directly if it continues over time.
Paranoia can be one of the more stressful elements of communicating with elderly loved ones. Sometimes, a senior feels as if one of their friends is keeping a secret from them, or their neighbors are plotting against them in some way. Adult children who recognize these signs should communicate with a health professional if they begin to affect the senior’s day-to-day life.
By learning more about the signs that their elderly parents and grandparents could require additional care in their homes, families can prepare themselves for future decisions about how to protect their loved ones for the long-term future. Please visit us next month as we discuss “How to Prepare for Elderly Care.”
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Neighborly Home Care wants to make sure that seniors get the best care possible, and also the most affordable in-home care. Neighborly Home Care is a leading home care provider in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware County. To learn more about our in-home care services, contact Neighborly Home Care today.
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