Many seniors have a hard time admitting they need help, which can make it hard to determine when it’s time to bring in a professional caretaker. Although seniors may deny they need help or refuse to ask for help, it’s crucial for your aging loved one to get the level of care and support that they need. Without adequate support, they may be at risk of falls, injuries, declining health, or a variety of other problems. In these cases, the loved one’s family members and/or caregiver must determine when their senior loved one needs a professional caregiver. Here are 10 signs your loved one needs a caregiver that you should watch out for.
Sometimes we all get a little behind on chores in the midst of our busy lives so small every day clutter here and there is not much to worry about. However, if your relative’s home is always messy with dishes piled high in the sink, piles of mess blocking doorways, or has consistently foul smells, it may be a sign that they need a caregiver’s help.
As seniors age, they may develop mobility problems or chronic pain, which makes it difficult to clean. A caregiver can tidy up your loved one’s home so they can age in place in a safe, sanitary environment.
Another indication that your loved one needs a caregiver is poor hygiene. If your relative consistently wears stained clothes, has bad breath or unkempt hair, they may be having trouble taking care of themselves. A caregiver can assist them with activities of daily living like getting dressed and bathing so they always look and feel their best.
Is your loved one forgetting important details or events such as doctor’s appointments, taking their medications, or forgetting to pay their bills? Do they seem confused or forgetful? Seniors with memory problems likely need a caregiver to come to their home daily to check on them and remind them to complete important tasks that are important to maintain their health and wellbeing.
Weight Gain or Loss
Your loved one may need a caretaker if they can’t prepare healthy meals for themselves anymore. One sign that they’re having difficulty cooking is significant weight gain or loss, which may be caused by a poor diet. If you notice that your relative’s fridge is always empty or full of expired food, it’s another indication that they need some help in the kitchen.
Frequent Minor Injuries
Another thing to watch out for is minor injuries like bruises and burns. Bruises may indicate that your loved one is having mobility issues and bumping into things. Burns and cuts are a sign that they can’t cook for themselves safely. Everyone gets a scrape once in a while, but if your loved one always has bruises and cuts, it may be time to hire a caregiver to take over these potentially harming tasks.
Changes in your loved one’s mental health are also a cause for concern. If your relative seems withdrawn or depressed, they may not be getting the social interaction they need. Caregivers can help prevent seniors from feeling isolated by providing them with companionship, driving them to see friends and family, and providing transportation to other social happenings.
More than one in four seniors fall each year, and falling once doubles their chances of having another accident. If your loved one has fallen in their home, it’s important to remove tripping hazards and install safety rails in high-risk spaces like the bathroom. A caregiver can also help your relative navigate their home safely and reduce the risk of falls as well as provide immediate assistance if a fall were to occur.
There comes a time when every senior has to surrender their driver’s license. If your relative has gotten into a fender bender or received multiple tickets for traffic violations, they may not be able to safely drive anymore.
However, losing their license doesn’t have to mean giving up their independence. Their caretaker can drive them to all of their appointments and social engagements, allowing them to maintain their active lifestyle.
Sometimes hiring a professional caregiver is about the needs of the current caregiver which is okay! If you’re the primary caretaker for your loved one, it’s easy to get burned out, especially if you don’t have much help. Feeling tired, anxious, or irritable are all signs you need to take some time off from caregiving. We offer respite care to give you a chance to rest and recharge.
If your loved one has complex medical needs, a nursing home isn’t the only option. We’re experienced in providing skilled care to seniors living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, and other medical conditions. We can also help your loved one recover from a surgery, stroke, or illness in the comfort of their own home, which may lead to faster healing and better health outcomes.
If you’re ready to hire an in-home caregiver or want to learn more about our services, contact us today. and discover the many benefits that a professional caretaker can bring into you and your loved one’s life.