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. Today we’ll discuss some of the physical signs of aging 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 well-being 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 evaluation of your loved one’s physical appearance by asking yourself a series of questions. The following are some physical signs of aging:
- 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 going up and down the stairs?
- Do you notice any changes in personal hygiene or maintenance?
- Are they needing to use reading glasses or hearing aids more frequently?
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.
In the future, 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.
If you have previous experience deciding that you or a loved one may need in-home care, please share it with us in the comments below.