Jan 11, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick
It is a new year and what better time to think about how to live a better life. This year, consider how you could help your loved one live better as well. For many seniors, non-medical professional home care has made a huge difference and it could help your loved one as well.
Let's take a look at some of the common warning signs that your senior loved one could benefit from professional home care.
We all forget a thing or two once in a while. Have you ever gotten up to get something from the kitchen or the bedroom and completely forgotten what you were going to forget once you got there? That's a pretty normal occurrence. However, if your loved one is losing massive chunks of time from their memory or forgetting how to do everyday things, it may be time for professional home care.
As we get older, we become weaker. Most often, that is not a problem for years. Many seniors continue living successfully on their own well into their eighties. However, if your loved one has started showering less and less, or has stopped brushing their teeth or changing their clothes, this may be a sign that something is wrong. Looking into professional home care options may not be a bad idea.
This may be easier to notice if your loved one used to be a very tidy person. Many seniors, when they start losing their strength, may start leaving piles of laundry all over their home and stop washing the dishes altogether. Their kitchen may not smell very good as well as they may not be taking out the trash on a regular basis.
The emergency room is a dangerous place for seniors who may already be very frail. Hospitals are often breeding grounds for viruses and other contagious diseases and helping your loved one avoid them should be an absolute priority.
Many seniors develop one or more chronic health conditions as they age. Treatments for these illnesses are often to complex for seniors to carry out with consistency, which can spell danger in the long run.
If your loved one no longer has the will to do the things they love, they may be in trouble. Other major mood-related warning signs include increasing isolation and retreating away from social activities.