As our loved ones age, we face the challenge of determining when they need help to maintain their health, safety, and independence. Determining the right time to step in can be difficult; knowing the warning signs can make all the difference. Once you notice these signs, work with your loved one to identify additional resources and create a plan that fills the gaps.
Four warning signs to watch for as your loved ones age:
If you notice unexplainable bruising, a limp or frailty, these are potential indicators of a fall. Your loved one might be hesitant to admit the cause of these injuries, out of embarrassment or an unwillingness to accept they need help, but it’s important to address fall risks. Falls are a leading cause of injury for seniors, and can be prevented by providing needed home modifications and individualized care.
Stairways, tiled floors, dark hallways and uneven yards can often become risky areas to navigate for older adults, who may have difficulty with their balance. If you’ve noticed that your loved one is avoiding these challenging areas, investigate to identify concerns. Certified Aging in Place Specialists can provide solutions that will improve safety and make the home more accessible.
As we age, our bodies absorb fewer nutrients, and are more prone to dehydration. Inadequate nutrition can cause a multitude of health problems, so a focus on the diet is key. If you have noticed that your loved one is missing meals, or the kitchen isn’t well-stocked with nutritious foods, it’s important to intervene. You can encourage a healthy diet by identifying resources to bring in nutritious foods and prepare meals.
So much of our lives take place away from home: visits with family and friends, attending religious services, participating in hobbies, and going to medical appointments. When a senior is no longer participating in activities they have always enjoyed, or is missing scheduled appointments, it could be a sign they struggle to handle the tasks necessary to get themselves ready or feel unsafe driving. A caregiver can help your loved one stay connected to their friends and family, participate in meaningful activities, and maintain their health by keeping medical appointments.
If these warning signs are familiar, it is time to talk to the experts at Senior Home Companions. With more than two decades of experience, SHC provides the highest quality of tailored, in-home care for older adults. Give your loved one the help they need so they can maintain the independence that they cherish.