Change May Be Necessary

When a Lifestyle Change May be Necessary

Sign #1:

Hygiene. Examples include poor grooming or unsatisfactory hygienic habits such as bathing or clean laundry. These are early signs that someone may be experiencing a decline in health.

Sign #2:

Nutrition. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain is an indication of poor nutrition. Look for spoiled, inadequate, or unhealthy food that suggests a senior isn’t cooking or eating well.

Sign # 3:

Housework. If the cleanliness of the home is declining, this may suggest that your love one is becoming forgetful, or is too tired to accomplish the usual activities of daily living. A clean house is a happy and healthy house. It is important to maintain the hygiene of the home for emotional and health reasons.

Sign #4:

Health. Look for signs of different or unusual behavior. If your loved one is out of sorts, or physically sick other than minor ailments, follow your instincts and make a doctor’s appointment. Whenever possible, attend the appointment with the senior so you can offer information and be present to hear the diagnosis.

Sign #5:

Medications. Confusion regarding how, why or when medications should be taken is an important indication that your loved one may need senior assistance. Managing medications
is an important task that must not be overlooked. If too many or not enough of prescription medication is consumed by an elderly person, dangerous situations may arise.

Sign #6:

Signs of Injury. Bruises and scratches could be evidence of falls. Seniors who have fallen are at greater risk for repeat falls leading to more serious injuries. In addition, seniors are often prescribed blood thinning medication which could lead to additional complications.

Sign #7:

Disorientation. Examples of being disoriented include: confusion of the date/time, forgetting simple tasks such as paying bills, or difficulty navigating to and from home. Any of these examples can be a revealing sign that senior assistance is soon needed.

Sign # 8:

Community. Listen to feedback from those who are in close contact with your loved one such as neighbors and friends. Gain the opinion of others to see what they have observed regarding your elderly family member.

Sign #9:

Finances. Bills routinely left unopened or unpaid indicate serious issues. Setting up some simple systems may address this concern, but disarray could be a sign of cognitive decline or depression.