It’s normal for you to want the best for your loved ones, especially when it comes to caring for them. You may decide to care for them at home or think that they will be able to handle living alone, however, there are circumstances where they are better off having someone to assist and support them 24-hour. Here are some signs that your loved one should not live alone.
They Frequently Fall
If you notice your loved ones falling frequently, it may be a sign that they will need extra assistance. As your elderly loved ones may not specifically tell you when or if they fall, you will have to keep an eye out for them. Here are some warning signs to look out for:
- They have cuts or bruises on their skin
- Any new scratches or dents on their vehicle
- Items that should not be on the floor
They Become a Hermit
It’s not unusual for your loved ones to spend more time at home than they used to. It might be too tough for them to go out to events, meet up with close friends, or even go to the grocery store. Some elderly may not leave the house due to mental health issues such as anxiety or depression.
However, these issues can only lead to feelings of isolation. Our elderly loved ones may feel lonely and isolate themselves from people as they are more likely to experience factors such as the death of a family or friend, or chronic diseases.
Their House Is Messy and Unclean
When you get older, daily chores become more difficult to manage. If you notice your loved one is experiencing difficulty with a daily task, it may be time to have a conversation about how to assist them. As they age, pushing a vacuum cleaner around can take a lot more effort than it should. Dusting gets considerably more tiring as it’s more difficult to reach high or low spots.
However, these are just minor indicators. Some major signs would be if you notice a stack of unclean dishes in the sink or dirty clothes piled in the washer.
They Neglect Their Hygiene
If your loved ones begin to neglect basic hygiene such as showering or brushing their teeth, it’s a strong indication that something is wrong. They could be physically unable to carry out their everyday chores without assistance. It’s also possible that this is caused by a cognitive impairment such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or a symptom of depression.
They Get Lost Traveling to Familiar Places
If your loved ones are struggling with getting somewhere that they have been to multiple times such as the grocery store or the bank, it may be time to take precautions. Getting lost may also mean being disoriented by their surroundings. If it happens once or twice, it may not be an issue yet, however, you should schedule a cognitive test with a doctor for your loved ones.
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