How to Determine If Your Aging Loved One’s Care Needs Are Changing

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You may notice your elderly loved one has good days and bad days, which is completely normal. However, unexpected changes like bruises, vision impairment, chronic pain, and behavioral issues are typically signs a senior’s care needs are changing. Here are some common warning signs family caregivers should watch out for. 

Mobility Issues 

When your loved one goes from walking around the home to having difficulty with basic movements each day, his or her care needs are changing. Instead of needing you to check in from time to time, your loved one may now need around-the-clock care. An in-home caregiver can monitor your loved one’s abilities and help him or her move from room to room, which could prevent accidents and injuries. Some warning signs of limited mobility include pain in the joints, difficulty lifting up from chairs and couches, and difficulty getting in and out of the bed. 

Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality non-medical home care. Wellesley families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.

Unhealthy Weight Gain or Weight Loss 

Seniors with poor nutrition often experience changes in their weight. However, unexpected weight gain or weight loss could also be due to health issues such as a poor digestive system, infections, and various disorders. When you notice a change in your loved one’s weight, take him or her to the doctor immediately to have testing done. A doctor can determine if your loved one has poor nutrition or a more serious issue requiring a change in care needs. 

Forgetfulness 

Occasionally misplacing car keys or the remote control is generally nothing to worry about. However, if your loved one has difficulty remembering close friends and family members, he or she may have dementia or Alzheimer’s, which may require a significant change in the type of care he or she is receiving to prevent serious issues such as overmedicating and wandering. 

Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors to manage without assistance, and it can be just as challenging for families who do not have experience in providing Alzheimer’s care. For trusted Wellesley Alzheimer’s care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method was designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives.

Unexplained Scratches and Bruises 

Bruises may come from bumping into walls, furniture, and other items in the home, which may be caused by limits in mobility, vision, and memory. The bruises could occur while your loved one is bathing, doing laundry, driving, or cooking. Consider in-home care if you notice unexplainable scratches and bruises appearing on your loved one’s body. 

Isolation 

Seniors who isolate themselves from others often experience loneliness, boredom, and depression. The reasons behind the isolation could be due to embarrassment with weight and hygiene. Step in and change the type of care you are providing. Stop by each day to groom your loved one and help with laundry and other household chores. You can also move your loved one into your home or hire a professional caregiver to ensure your loved one has companionship and positive interaction.

Every senior has different needs when aging in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing a serious illness and require more extensive 24-hour care. Wellesley seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve. If you’re looking for a comprehensive in-home care plan for your elderly loved one, contact us at (781) 239-0060 today.