Have you noticed changes in your loved one’s behavior recently? Has he seemed to change in ways that concern you for his safety and wellbeing? If you have noticed changes in your aging loved one that have made you take notice for negative reasons, it may be time to consider transitioning your aging loved one into a caregiving relationship. Whether you choose to become his family caregiver or you hire a home care services companion or live-in caregiver, having a dedicated caregiver in his life can make a tremendous difference in how your aging loved one is able to manage his physical, medical, cognitive, and emotional needs on a daily basis.
You know your aging loved one better than anybody, so you know when something changes about him. Though most people undergo minor personality changes in their later years, but marked differences can indicate a more serious problem than simple aging. Look for the following signs that your aging loved one may need a care provider:
- You notice unexplained injuries such as bruises, scrapes, burns, or cuts. Your loved one may try to explain these away as just being an “accident” or a “mishap”, or may even pretend not to have noticed that they were even there. These could indicate increased mobility issues that are leading to slips, falls, and accidents, or cognitive challenges that are leading to problems with cooking, candles, or hot water.
- Your aging loved one seems to be wearing the same clothing time after time that you visit, and is neglecting his personal hygiene. This may be an indication that he is no longer physically capable of bathing or dressing himself. It may also indicate the beginnings of dementia and his inability to remember when he bathed or the importance of bathing.
- Strong personality changes are occurring. Your loved one may be withdrawn, depressed, angry, aggressive, or frightened. This could be an indication of cognitive or memory decline that is causing confusion and disorientation.
- Your aging loved one no longer wants to participate in activities that he once loved, or acts as though he does not remember these activities. This could also indicate cognitive decline.
- You have noticed that your aging loved one’s home is not as clean as it should be and the basic activities of keeping a home are being neglected consistently. This may mean that your loved one is no longer physically capable of doing things such as dusting, doing laundry, washing dishes, or tidying. It could also simply mean that he does not have the energy to do these things and chooses to ignore them so that he can use his energy on other things.
If you feel that your aging loved one may benefit from an in home care provider and you need help making a decision as to which type of senior care arrangement would be most appropriate for his situation, don’t hesitate to contact the senior care referral services agency in your area to discuss the options and get advice.
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