December 13, 2018

20 Signs That Your Aging Parents Need Help at Home

The burden often falls on the family to recognize the signs that an aging parent might need help with daily living tasks.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that your loved one has to go to assisted living or a nursing home, but they may need some extra help in their home. If they’re not willing to admit it, how do you know if your elderly parent needs home care? Here are some warning signs to look for:

1. Spoiled food that doesn’t get thrown away
2. Missing important appointments
3. Unexplained bruising
4. Trouble getting up from a seated position
5. Difficulty with walking, balance and mobility
6. Uncertainty and confusion when performing once-familiar tasks
7. Forgetfulness
8. Unpleasant body odor
9. Infrequent showering and bathing
10. Strong smell of urine in the house
11. Noticeable decline in grooming habits and personal care
12. Dirty house, extreme clutter and dirty laundry piling up
13. Stacks of unopened mail or an overflowing mailbox
14. Late payment notices, bounced checks and calls from bill collectors
15. Poor diet or weight loss
16. Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
17. Changes in mood or extreme mood swings
18. Forgetting to take medications – or taking more than the prescribed dosage
19. Diagnosis of dementia or early onset Alzheimer’s
20. Unexplained dents and scratches on a car