For many folks, it’s not easy to say that they need help – no matter their age. But it’s particularly true of our loved ones who are getting older. They often don’t want to give up their independence so they do their best to hide how challenging living on their own might actually be for them. That’s why it’s incredibly important to know what signs to look out for that could signal that it’s time to get some caregiving help for those we love. We hope you find this list helpful in determining whether your loved one needs a caregiver.

Household Signs

There are a number of things you might notice around your loved one’s home that could be clues to the need for caregiving. The house might be notably messy or in desperate need of a little TLC or maintenance. Maybe the yard is looking overgrown or unkempt. You should also take a look in the refrigerator. Are you seeing large amounts of expired foods or maybe not enough food? Check the cupboards. Are they bare? These are all signs that a caregiver might be needed.

Another important place to look is their car. Do you see any new damage or dings to the exterior? What about their mail and their bills? Are they beginning to pile up without even being opened? Are there late payment notices in the pile? Any of these should raise a red flag. Even just one is worthy of a conversation with your loved one about what is going on and that maybe they need a little help keeping up with their house and all that goes with it.

Personal Signs

One of the most telltale signs that someone you love might be in need of home care would be if their personal hygiene is slipping. Weight loss is another indicator that something isn’t quite right with your loved one. There could be a medical reason for the drop in weight so it’s important to have a doctor check that out. But it could also be directly related to not having enough food in the house – or the right kinds of food. You should also look for impaired cognitive functions. Things like asking the same questions or sharing the same stories over and over, speaking louder or less frequently than usual or making irrational purchases. These are all important cues that a caregiver is needed.

Having the conversation with your loved one about needing a caregiver to help them is not an easy one to have. But any of these red flags could mean harm to them or to others if left unaddressed. Remember, ease into the discussion and don’t scare them into thinking you’re taking away their independence.

We hope these tips can help you better see the signs of needing a caregiver. For more helpful information, please contact us!

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