In certain scenarios, a senior’s growing need for assistance may be suddenly apparent, and other times, a need for assistance may be gradual and harder to detect. So, what is the best way to tell if your older parent needs assistance with maintenance or overall assisted living services?
Missed Household Chores
One of the telltale signs that a loved one needs help is that they are neglecting simple chores. If you notice the lawn is overgrown, it could be a sign that they have been having issues keeping up with the landscape. If your older loved one’s kitchen has a growing pile of dishes or dirty stains, it may be a display of their need for assistance.
A way you can assist with maintaining a loved one’s home is to stop by and vacuum, or mow the lawn for them.
Bills Are Piling Up
If you are noticing piles of mail accumulating in your loved one’s home, especially unopened, it could signify that your older loved one needs help. Your parents could be becoming overwhelmed with tasks such as paying bills or checking the mail.
To help your older loved one manage the mail, it is important to not simply begin opening up envelopes. It is essential to ask first, and slowly sort through the mail together.
Older adults that are in need of assistance may forget to change, or may wear clothing multiple days in a row. If you are noticing issues arising around dirty clothes; either piles of undone laundry or outfit repeats, it may be a sign that your parent needs assistance.
Due to the personal matter of this issue, this particular concern is a sensitive one. If your loved one cannot manage the laundry or is having problems showering, there are limited options, such as, hiring in-home care or transition them to an assisted living community.
Having an older loved one that is falling short of completing household chores signifies that they may need assistance. If your loved one is showing signs of any of the following, it may be foreshadowing the need for more than just help maintaining their home:
- Extreme weight loss or gain
- Inappropriate clothing choices
- Difficulty driving (slow response, getting lost, parking tickets, accidents, dents)
- Personality and behavior changes
- Accidents, bruises, and cuts
When dealing with aging parents, the primary goal is to get them the help they need before you notice any severe issues. If you have seen a quick decline in their abilities, it could signify that your older loved one may need memory care services. If they are showing more straightforward signs of needing assistance with household matters then you can assist them [if you are able to], hire a third party, or look into assisted living communities.
If you are unsure of what type of care or living options are best for your older loved one, review the possibilities here. If you know which kind of care is best for your loved one and are interested in looking at various senior living communities, find a HarborChase community near you today!