Normal age-related changes do not typically indicate the need for in-home care, but there are a few serious signs families should be watching for to ensure their senior loved ones have the support they need. If your elderly loved one exhibits any of these 5 warning signs, the senior care experts at Summit Home Care Assistance recommend seeking outside help.
1. Major Changes in Health
In-home care can help seniors managing a recent illness, returning from a hospitalization, and recovering from a surgery or injury. A trained Summit live-in home caregiver can monitor for changes in your loved one’s condition and recommend therapeutic exercises and activities, and they can also help track and manage chronic health conditions in ways that enhance overall quality of life.
2. Bad Grooming Habits and an Unhealthy Appearance
Certain changes in your loved one’s appearance or hygiene may indicate he or she needs help living independently. Signs to look for include:
- Sudden changes in weight
- Unusual body odor
- A disheveled appearance
In-home caregivers can assist your loved one with important tasks like bathing, dressing, and dental care.
3. Recent Falls
Injuries resulting from falls are a leading cause of hospitalization, disability, and death among seniors. In-home caregivers can recommend safety measures and assistive devices to make your loved one’s home more senior-friendly and reduce the risk of falls, and they can also suggest exercises and other therapies designed to increase your loved one’s strength and gait stability.
4. Cognitive Decline
Increased forgetfulness, mishandling of finances, a lack of appropriate food in the home, and unfilled prescriptions may be early signs of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Summit Alzheimer’s caregivers can assist your loved one with medication management and other household tasks so he or she can remain independent for as long as possible. In-home care agencies can also be a valuable source of support for you if your loved one needs more care than you can provide alone.
5. Symptoms of Social Isolation
Summit elderly care agencies provide companionship services, which can help alleviate isolation and depression in seniors who are unable to leave the home. Seniors with active social connections often maintain better cognitive, emotional, and physical health.
Whether your loved one is managing a serious illness or just needs someone to stop by for a few hours each day to help around the house, Home Care Assistance can help. Our respite and 24-hour caregivers are expertly trained to help seniors age in place comfortably and safely, and we also offer comprehensive stroke, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s care. For more information and to request a free consultation, call 908.450.9400 today and one of our knowledgeable Care Managers would be happy to assist you.