Home Health Care
Learn the signs
What to Look for When Visiting Elderly Loved Ones
For many busy adults, the holidays are one of the few times they get to see some of their aging loved ones, and the difference from one year to the next can be jarring. But whether you see your aging parent or grandparent regularly or only during the holidays, it’s important to be able to recognize the signs that it’s time for assisted living and professional in-home care.
Recognizing the Warning Signs
There can be many indicators that your elderly loved one needs in-home care. Some of the major signs to look for include:
Recent close calls or accidents and a slow recovery – has your loved one recently fallen or gotten into an accident? These “close calls” can be a sign that living alone is becoming a hazard—particularly when these accidents are paired with a slow recovery.
Deteriorating health condition – if your loved one has a pre-existing health condition that is only getting worse, it may be something that needs to be monitored by a professional.
Noticeable weight changes – extreme weight changes are always a troubling sign when it comes to the health of a loved one, whether it’s a major gain or a major loss. There could be major reasons contributing to either: for weight loss, it could be anything from depression to cancer; for weight gain, it could be dementia, diabetes, and more.
Changes in personal hygiene, including clothing – does your loved one have an unpleasant odor? Or is he or she wearing abnormal or dirty clothing? Deteriorating personal hygiene is a major warning sign that your senior family member may require in-home care.
Unpleasant living conditions – an unclean, cluttered living environment should be a big red flag. If your loved one is unable to care for their home and keep it in a safe condition, it’s important that you seek the help of a professional.
What to Do If You Notice Warning Signs
The hardest part about realizing your elderly loved one needs professional care is taking action—specifically, knowing what sort of action to take. Here is what the professionals at Salokaya Home Health recommend:
Discuss what you’ve discovered with other family members.
If there is anyone else in the family with whom you should discuss your findings, schedule a meeting to talk about what you have seen. Others may weigh-in with concerning signs they have noticed as well.
Meet with your elderly loved one to express your concerns.
Talk about your concerns for your loved one with them directly. Let them know why you are worried and discuss possible care options with them. This may be a difficult conversation for both of you, but it is extremely important. If you believe your family member isn’t of sound mind to make decisions concerning their health, it’s even more so.
Schedule an in-home assessment with Salokaya Home HealthSupport.
The next step is to schedule a free in-home assessment with Salokaya Home Health Support. We provide complete in-home care services, including skilled nursing care, companion care, and more.
Schedule an In-Home Consultation
Find the right in-home care company for your aging loved one—call Salokaya Home Health today! We can schedule an in-home consultation to discuss your individual case and the options available to you and your family.
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