96242375As we continue this week’s series of posts to help you determine whether or not your loved one is still capable of living alone, we turn our attention to some early warning signs around the house.

With this in mind, there are a number of things to watch out for on your next visit. Has there been any significant change in the general appearance of the home (cleanliness, disrepair, etc.)? Are all areas of the home well lit? Are all steps and hallways clear of clutter and potential tripping hazards? Is the refrigerator clean and well stocked with fresh food? Are railings and door handles secure? Are there expired medications or unfinished prescriptions in the medicine cabinet? Is there a non-slip bathmat in the tub to help prevent falls?

In addition to asking yourself the questions above, keep an eye out for any additional potential hazards or unsafe conditions and offer to help out with any necessary repairs, maintenance issues or adjustments. Once again, make every effort to be observant without appearing to be “checking up on” your parent, friend or relative.

Check back later this week (or sign up to receive notification of new posts), when we will discuss warning signs to look for in your loved one’s mental state that may indicate that they require in-home care or assistance. In the meantime, you can visit our website for more helpful and informative resources or contact us to learn more about the services that Griswold Home Care provides.

If you have seen these signs and knew it was time for in-home care, please share you experience in the comments below.