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As a senior ages, family members should be attentive to signs that their senior loved-one may need help maintaining their independence. Often, seniors struggle with admitting that they need help. Family members should keep watch for these signs that could indicate that their loved-one could benefit from in-home senior care.
Weight loss could indicate that the senior is having difficulty cooking or that their appetite is impaired by an illness, medication or a loss of taste or smell. The cause of these symptoms could be more serious, such as cancer, depression or Dementia.
Family members who are unsure if their senior-loved one is eating properly should check the sink for dirty dishes and the refrigerator and pantry for uneaten food. Many seniors, especially those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, forget to eat regularly or else overeat.
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Observe the senior’s appearance for signs they may be having trouble caring for themselves.
Also check around the home for indications of neglected housework. Seniors who neglect housework or change the way they care for themselves may benefit from in-home care.
Observe how seniors get around the house. Do they have trouble walking? Are they unsteady on their feet?
Note changes in mood and whether they are staying connected with friends and active at church and social organizations.
Share your concerns with a medical professional and consider an in-home care provider like Comfort Keepers® to assist your senior loved-ones. Take our Care Services survey to see if your loved one would benefit from a Comfort Keeper.
Need help bringing up this topic? Read “Starting ‘The Conversation’” for tips on overcoming the discomfort that can arise when talking about senior care.