KNOW THE SIGNS
It’s not always easy to know when your loved one needs extra help at home. Whether you live nearby or far away, you may not recognize your family member’s need for assistance until something serious happens like an accident or fall.
The good news is that when you know what to look for, you can recognize the early warning signs before your loved one experiences a traumatic event. Small inconsistencies such as wearing the same outfit two days in a row, maintaining an unusually cluttered house, or forgetting to go grocery shopping can point to losses in mobility or comprehension.
Staying home is an option when the signs are recognized early and appropriate care is provided. Waiting too long can mean more care is required, which can then limit your choices.
Whether your loved one is physically unable to keep up with household chores or simply in need of companionship, knowing what to look for can help them thrive at home in a positive and healthy environment. Below is a list of signs your aging loved one may need extra support with basic activities of daily living.