How to Know When Your Aging Parents Need Extra Help

No matter our age the idea of giving up our independence is hard to bear. There will come a time when your parents need more help, but they may be reluctant to let you know. This reluctance is often rooted in denial and the desire to maintain autonomy.

Likewise, it’s hard to admit things aren’t going as we wish. One parent may assume many responsibilities for the other, masking the problem at hand. If you’re concerned your aging parents need extra help, take note of these tell-tale signs.

A Lack of Cleaning and Organization

Perhaps your mother has always been a tidy person, the type who anxiously awaits spring cleaning each year. Now it’s hard to remember the last time her house was clean at all. Or maybe your father has always been disorganized but functioned well with a bit chaos. Things have taken a sudden turn, and piles of stuff can be found all over his home.

As we age, it becomes more difficult to maintain cleanliness and order. Our reduced mobility, worsening vision and memory loss impede even the most valiant of efforts. A change in cleaning and organization habits is a warning sign that your parents need assistance.

Worsening Finances

Have you noticed stacks of bills piling up in your parents’ home? Falling behind on statements may be a sign of dementia. Memory loss and confusion complicate routine, simple matters. If your parents are consistently missing payments despite regular reminders, it’s time to step in and find extra help.

Bruising and Physical Problems

Seeing the physical effects of aging can be difficult for adult children. A lack of mobility often results in more falls, bruises, bumps and injuries. Your parents may be hesitant to share these accidents with you or may not remember exactly how they were injured.

If you see your parents walking unsteadily and relying on objects such as chairs and tables for support, seek medical assistance. A cane or walker can give them added support for more comfortable and safer mobility.

Little to No Socialization

Your parents may deny or put off social engagements on a regular basis. Depression and dementia can reduce our desire to get out and spend time with others. The elderly may have trouble finding transportation or worry about bothering others.

While some of us enjoy being at home more than others, take note if you see a change in your parents’ social habits.

Weight Loss and Poor Nutrition

Reduced mobility and memory loss make it challenging to shop, cook and order in. You may notice amounting piles of spoiled food in the refrigerator or an empty pantry. Depression can also cause a reduced appetite.

Weight loss and poor eating habits are definite signs your parents need a helping hand. Maintaining proper nutrition is crucial at all parts of life but especially in our later years.

When considering extra help for your parents, it’s critical to find a service that offers care both you and your loved ones can count on. At home care allows individuals to maintain their independence in the comfort of their home while improving their quality of life.

At Matrix Home Health Care Specialists, we offer an in home health care program to make sure your loved ones are comfortable, safe and well-cared for at home. To learn more about our personalized care plans, contact our team today.

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