Nine signs that an ageing parent may need help
IT CAN be some of the simplest actions by an ageing person that are missed signals that not all is well with them.
Staying observant while around an ageing member of the family can go a long way to ensuring that when they need help, prompt action is taken.
There are nine valuable signs that Home Instead recommend family, friends and carers look for when keeping a watching eye on older family members:
- 1/ Missed doses and medication mistakes, such as overdosing and running out of pills before the next prescription can be refilled.
- 2/ Look for evidence of parking or speeding tickets, fender-benders, dents and scratches on the senior's car as signs that driving skills may be deteriorating.
- 3/ Missed doctor's appointment can be a symptom of increased forgetfulness or as a result of not having transportation and not knowing how to access transportation options on their own.
- 4/ Overwhelmed by the job of collecting mail, responding to it as well as paying bills and managing finances, particularly if eye sight is deteriorating or if this was the responsibility of a dead spouse.
- 5/ Lookout for wandering, returns from regular walks later than usual, difficulty locating familiar places, such as the bathroom or bedroom, pacing or restless movement.
- 6/ Changes in housekeeping may occur simply because it is too difficult or tiring; dirty laundry to dirty dishes, these everyday tasks may be too much to handle on their own.
- 7/ Not eating properly, a fridge nearly empty or packed with spoiled food, can occur when seniors find themselves alone, who have become lonely over time or are easily overwhelmed by cooking.
- 8/ Damage to bathroom fixtures such as shower curtains, loose towel bars or window sills could indicate these items are used for support and there are balance problems.
- 9/ Changes in appearance are the most obvious sign; unkempt hair and body odour, unshaven faces and wearing clothing that is unclean, unchanged for days or inappropriate for the weather.
Many of the above issues can be handled by simple strategies including in-home care.
A visit to the GP to discuss family concerns is a great place to start in finding answers to family concerns and ideas on how to manage the wellbeing of an ageing family member.