9 signs your aging loved one might need caregiving help
- Home. When you visit, is your loved one's home like you remember it? An unusually dirty, smelly, or disorderly home may be a sign that they're struggling to keep up with everyday tasks.
- Car. Look for new scratches and dents. If you find some or hear about accidents or tickets, it may be time to rely on someone else for driving.
- Memory. Signs of forgetfulness include missed appointments, late and unpaid bills, and repeat purchases of the same item. Scorched pots could mean that they’ve been forgetting things on the stove.
- Mobility. As we age, everyday things like climbing stairs, getting in the shower, or getting out of bed can become risky activities. Pay attention to bruises, these may be the result of a fall.
- Hygiene. Dirty clothes, body odor, and dental issues are signs they’re not taking care of themselves. Lack of personal grooming can be a symptom of depression or that things are physically difficult.
- Weight. Unexplained weight changes could mean a new health concern or a sign your loved one is beginning to find cooking an onerous task. Check to see if the fridge is stocked with appropriate and nutritious food.
- Hobbies. If a loved one is giving up doing things they love, it could be a sign that they’re fighting depression or other health issues. Be on the lookout for abrupt changes in behavior.
- Health. Missed medical appointments and doses of medication can lead to dangerous situations. Make sure your loved one can handle these on their own.
- Social circle. Are they maintaining relationships with friends and family or are they declining social engagements? Social isolation and loneliness can have negative impacts on mental and physical health.