20 Signs Your Aging Parents Need Help at Home

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Aging Parents Need Help at HomeHave you noticed a change in your parents lately? Is your mom not taking care of herself as well as she used to? Is her appearance not as neat as it used to be? Were things once tidy around her home and now they seem to be piling up? Is your dad shaving? Does he appear to be neglecting himself by wearing dirty clothes and showering less frequently? Is he neglecting his teeth?

Have you approached your parents with concerns about needing help at home and they say things are fine and don’t want to discuss it? Do they seem in denial and just try to change the subject?

Often our aging loved ones are afraid to admit they need help at home. One of their greatest fears is that they will lose their independence. Your loved one may be in denial that they need help. However, the problems don’t go away, they just continue to get worse. Ultimately it is up to family members to recognize the warning signs and approach their loved one(s) in a positive way that will help them get the assistance they need. This doesn’t necessarily mean they will need to move to an Assisted Living Facility or a Nursing Home. Additional  help at home will allow your loved one to remain in their own home. Often some minor assistance with activities of daily living are all our loved ones need to continue living an independent, quality life.

Here are the 20 Warning Signs Your Aging Parents May Need Help at Home :

  1. Does the home look maintained?
  2. Is trash accumulating?
  3. Is the home dusty where it used to always appear tidy?
  4. Is the mail and newspapers piling up?
  5. Are bills piling up and unpaid?
  6. Are there unfilled prescriptions?
  7. Are doctor appointments missed?
  8. Does the refrigerator have enough food?
  9. Is there spoiled food in the refrigerator?
  10. Does she appear to be losing weight?
  11. Is she constantly repeating the same question?
  12. Can she carry on an extended conversation?
  13. Do you notice bruises on your aging loved ones?
  14. Does he appear injured from a possible fall?
  15. Does he seem to lose his balance easy?
  16. Is he having extreme mood swings?
  17. Is he forgetting to take his medications?
  18. Have you noticed an unexplained dent or scratch on her car?
  19. Is there a smell of urine in the house?
  20. Has he or she had a recent diagnosis of dementia?

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