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Signs a Senior Parent May Need Home Care

The cost of home care is more affordable than many people realize. Insurance companies may pay for a portion of the costs.
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If your senior parent is living independently they may not want to tell you if their health is changing. Often, seniors who want to continue living in their own homes will not discuss any health problems or new symptoms that they experience with their adult children because they don’t want to give up their independence.

However, seniors who are experiencing mobility challenges or health issues can continue living independently with home care. Home care is the perfect solution because a home care provider can help your senior parent with things like housework, cooking, and activities of daily living. Your senior parent gets to stay where they want to be, but they have the support they need to be safe and healthy at home.

The cost of home care is more affordable than many people realize. Some insurance companies pay for a portion of home care costs, and there are other ways to lower the cost of home care for seniors. If you are noticing your senior parent showing any of these signs it’s time to talk with them about home care:

Trouble Managing Activities Of Daily Living

Even if your senior parent isn’t admitting they are having challenges taking care of themselves at home, you will notice if they start to show signs of neglecting themselves. For example, if your senior parent is wearing the same clothes over and over. Or if their clothes aren’t clean, their hair isn’t brushed, or they seem to not bathe regularly.

Trouble Getting Around the House

If you notice that your senior parent is moving slower, having trouble getting up or down the stairs, or seems to take a long time to get around the house they could be having mobility challenges or pain that is making it difficult for them. Home care can help seniors who are having mobility challenges with household tasks as well as helping them get safely around the house.

Unexplained Bruises or Injuries

Noticeable bruises or injuries without an explanation could mean that your senior parent is having balance problems and bumping into things. They also could be experiencing falls and not telling you about them. Seniors do tend to bruise more easily than other people, but it’s still a cause for concern.

Forgetfulness and Memory Loss

Memory issues, forgetfulness, and confusion can be early signs of cognitive decline or conditions such as dementia. Home care professionals can provide supervision, reminders for medication, and support in managing daily activities for seniors with memory-related challenges.

Weight Loss or Changes in Eating Habits

Unexplained weight loss or significant changes in eating habits may indicate that your senior parent is having difficulty shopping for groceries, preparing meals, or eating independently. Having someone in the home with them to help with cooking, cleaning up, and shopping can make sure that your senior parent is getting the healthy meals they need.

A Dirty Home

Seeing the state of the home decline is often one of the most noticeable signs that your senior parent needs help. If your senior parent has always been able to keep up with the housecleaning before but now the floors are dirty, the laundry isn’t done, or dishes are sitting in the sink for days your senior parent needs help.

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