25 Signs your parent needs help at homeRecognizing the Warning Signs

As parents age, it’s natural for children to wonder if mom and dad are in need of help. If you have concerns about your parents living on their own, ask yourself where that worry is stemming from. Has mom been falling a lot lately? Have you and others noticed dad exhibiting unusual behavior? We all change as we get older but for some getting help within the home is necessary for safety and well being. Many senior citizens can age safely in their homes with little help, however, when there is a significant decline in mental or physical function causing interference in their quality of life, it’s time for help. Below are 25 warning signs to help you determine if your parents may need assistance at home.

 

1. Common unexplained bruising

2. Confusion when attempting to perform regular tasks

3. Unpaid bills

4. Unopened or lost mail

5. Difficulty walking, loss of balance

6.Decline in hygiene, increase in body odor

7. Sudden weight loss or change in diet

8. Damage on vehicle or becoming lost on routes they are familiar with

9. Noticeable change in personality, mood or behavior

10. Forgetting to take medication or consuming the wrong dosage

11. The house becomes less kept than usual

12. Difficulty with mobility, getting in and out of bed, out of chair, ect.

13. Changes in grooming and appearance such as unkept hair, clothing issues or decreased  beauty routine

14. Recent falls have been occurring

15. The home smells of urine

16. Noticeable forgetfulness (names, places, things etc.)

17.  Extreme clutter or hoarding

18. Stove or other appliances left on

19. Isolation from friends and family

20. Sleeping more than normal, depression

21. No longer able or willing to maintain yard

22. Pets seem to be neglected or uncared for

23. Missing appointments

24. Loss of interest in activities or hobbies

25. Infrequent showering or bathing

If these warning signs sound familiar, speak to a physician right away. There could be many factors leading to these types of changes including but not limited to; early onset dementia, UTI, physical decline that can lead to injury, depression, stroke, and other various illnesses. Denial can be common among those needing help because let’s face it, who wants their independence taken away? It can be very difficult to accept that help is needed for both the parent and the child. Getting assistance within the home now can preserve as much independence as possible. The biggest common mistake families make is waiting until something big happens to make changes. Being honest with yourself about your parents living condition is the first step to living the happiest and healthiest life possible.

 

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