(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Recognizing when a loved one can no longer live independently can be one of life's most challenging moments. While there are many available options for additional assistance, 9 out of 10 seniors prefer to age at home with the help of a professional caregiver. Caregivers can assist with many daily activities including personal hygiene, meal preparation, mobility, light housekeeping, and transportation, as well as activities that enhance quality of life such as mental stimulation and socialization. Although every situation will be different, below we list 8 potential signs that your loved one may benefit from the safety and aid of in-home care:
1. Shifts in personality. Is your loved one withdrawing from friends and social activities? Has he or she given up favorite hobbies or stopped participating in the activities he or she used to enjoy? If you sense your loved one feels lonely, depressed, or isolated, then it may be time for in-home care.2. Threats to safety. As adults age, safety can become a primary concern. Safety issues to be aware of include: mobility issues, struggling with stairs, an increasing number of accidents and falls, forgetting to take medications, difficulty rising from a seated position, leaving water running, or forgetting to turn off the oven or stove.3. Household chores are being neglected. For example, dirty dishes are piling up in the sink, plants are dying, trash is overflowing, there is significant clutter and spoiled food, etc.4. Noticeable declines in personal hygiene. Does your loved one appear disheveled or unclean? Have you noticed that he or she is repeatedly wearing the same clothing or the clothes appear unwashed?5. Skipping meals. Weight loss due to skipping meals can be a sign that your loved one is struggling with shopping or meal preparation. When you walk through the kitchen and look in the refrigerator do you find food that is stale, expired or moldy?6. Noticeable cognitive decline. Have you noticed increased confusion, difficulty following directions, poor judgment, etc.? Take a moment to check-in with the neighbors or your loved one's friends to find out if they have noticed any unusual or worrisome behaviors.7. Increased driving incidents. Signs that driving has become a safety issue include: multiple unexplained scratches or dents in the car, traffic tickets, driving under the speed limit, tailgating and drifting into other lanes.8. Financial problems. Look for signs that your loved one is struggling with managing his or her finances. Are bills piling up with final notices and calls from creditors? Is there evidence that he or she may have fallen victim to a scam or have paid the same bills multiple times?Are you struggling to determine the level of care that is needed for your loved one? Then arrange for a Free Consultation with a Home Care Specialist. The Care Managers at Home Care Assistance are on call 24/7 to answer all of your questions and help you make the best choice for your loved one. Contact Home Care Assistance today for a FREE in-home assessment! Call 1-866-454-8346.