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7 warning signs your loved one needs help

how-do-i-know-my-loved-one-needs-helpAging family members often want to hold onto their independence. Plus, the desire to remain in their home for as long as they can becomes more prevalent as they age. In fact, according to a recent AARP study, 92% of seniors aged 65 to 74 and 95% of those age 75+ want to remain in their home as long as possible.

As our loved ones age, they can undergo several physical and psychological changes that can make us wonder if they are still able to care for themselves. However, these changes may be difficult to detect, especially if you live far away. We can’t always rely on our loved ones to tell us about their concerns with living alone, because they fear losing their independence and placing a burden on others.

However, there are 7 tell-tale signs that could indicate your elderly loved one might need more help at home. These include: changes in eating habits; confusion over medications; neglected personal hygiene; an untidy home; the inability to manage their finances; the inability to no longer drive safely; and the occurrence of safety and security issues.

Be sure to take the time to observe your loved one the next time you visit to determine if any of these subtle warning signs are occurring, so you can take necessary steps to provide some type of assistance.

Sign #1: Changes in Eating Habits

Getting enough nutrition is important at any age. However, 15% to 50% of the elderly suffer from malnutrition according to medical studies. A 1992 survey by Ross Laboratories shows that over 20% of seniors skip at least one meal a day. Plus, another study found that 16% of seniors eat less than 1,000 calories a day.

If your elderly family members aren’t eating and appear to be losing weight, the Care Callers at Keeping In Touch Solutions can remind your family members to eat when they make their daily call to your loved one. This is one of the benefits of the Keeping In Touch Solutions daily call service.

Check out this article for more details and steps to help your loved safe in their own home.

Sign #2: Confusion over Medications

The ability of your elderly family members to manage their medications can often be a concern. According to The National Center for Health Statistics, more than 76% of seniors over age 60 take at least two prescription drugs; and 37% use more than five.

In this article, there are specific ways you can make sure your loved one is taking their medications on the right schedule.

Sign #3: Neglecting Personal Hygiene

We all want to look at best and it is one way your loved one feels good about herself and that she is independent and self-sufficient. However, as we age, physical difficulties like arthritis, depression or memory loss can make performing personal hygiene tasks increasingly difficult to do without help.

You may find, for your peace of mind, you need to hire an in-home caregiver to help with your loved ones daily hygiene chores. Just remember, if you or another caregiver is assisting your elderly family members with their personal hygiene, it’s important to treat your loved ones with respect and dignity.

For more hints on how to help your loved one be her best, check out this article.

Sign #4: The House Is a Mess

Physical challenges (such as arthritis, heart disease or COPD) make it hard to keep up with regular household chores and depression can make your loved one feel overwhelmed or too tired to keep their home neat and clean. For signs that this is a challenge and tips on helping them lived independently, take a look at this article.

Sign #5: The Inability to Manage Finances

Many people struggle to manage their finances. But parents or grandparents who are suffering from dementia or the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease likely have a harder time managing their money, requiring your intervention.

Consider hiring a financial planner, accountant or tax attorney, if your loved one’s financial situation is more complex than you or they can handle; or you live too far away to manage their finances. A financial expert can help your parent or grandparent establish a budget, pay bills and manage their accounts, so they can maintain their financial independence.

Check out this article for key signs and action steps to help your loved ones.

Sign #6: They’re No Longer Able to Drive

Older adults often equate driving with mobility and independence. While many seniors may be capable of driving safely well into their 70s and 80s; people age differently. Several factors, like poor vision, hearing loss, slowed reflexes, physical weakness and dementia, can impair your loved one’s ability to drive safely. This is one of toughest conversations to have and it’s essential to be respectful when you do. In this article, we share some ways to make that conversation easier.

Sign #7: Safety and Security Concerns

Home accidents can be a source of injuries and even death for seniors; while thieves and con artists can threaten their security. Therefore, in order for your parent or grandparent to remain independent in their home, improvements and precautions may be required to ensure their safety and security; pay special attention to potential risks in your family member’s home.

Your loved ones also can be victimized by con artists and scammers. The elderly are frequent targets of various types of frauds and scams because of their willingness to trust people. According to studies by the Consumer Law Center, in between 56% to 80% of fraudulent telemarketer calls are to older individuals. One scam reportedly tricked an estimated $5 billion from seniors in 24 states.

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By taking steps to ensure the safety and security of your loved one, they can continue to remain safe and secure in their home. A daily call from a Keeping in Touch Solutions Care Caller also can give you peace of mind that your loved one is safe and secure at home.

Recognize the warning signs so you can provide the help your loved one needs

Most adult children don’t want to admit that their aging parents or grandparents need extra assistance. However, it’s important to recognize these seven warning signs in your loved ones, so you’re able to take action to get them the assistance they need to ensure their well-being and help avert any crisis before it occurs.

Share your thoughts and concerns with your elderly family members and see what they say. According to research by the AARP Foundation, the vast majority of age 65 and older say if they need help caring for themselves, they would prefer to receive help in their home.

A daily call from a Keeping In Touch Solutions Care Caller is the best way to make sure your aging loved ones get to stay in the home they love AND provide you peace of mind.

By taking a proactive approach, you can ensure your loved ones can continue living independently for as long as possible while maintaining a high quality of life.
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