Do you have a loved one in your life who is getting older? As he or she ages, the need for additional help with daily activities naturally increases. This week on the Griswold Blog, we will discuss some of the signs and indications that your parent or loved one may be in need of additional in-home care.
Whether you live across the country or just down the road, it’s important to check in on aging relatives periodically to gauge their wellbeing and ability to manage daily tasks and routines. No matter what age they are, nobody likes the feeling of losing their independence. Try to be observant without being intrusive or suspicious.
Start with a general overall evaluation of your loved one’s physical appearance. Are they noticeably heavier or thinner than the last time you saw them? Are they having trouble walking upright at a reasonable pace? Do they seem steady on stairs? Do you notice any changes in personal hygiene or maintenance? Are they using reading glasses or hearing aids when necessary? Changes in your loved one’s behavior and appearance can be an early warning sign that he or she requires more hands-on, day-to-day assistance.
Later this week, we will discuss some warning signs to look for around the house that may indicate your loved one is in need of 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 had previous experience dealing with deciding that you or a loved one may need in-home care, please share it with us in the comments below.