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4 Signs Your Senior is Struggling at Home

You may have trouble accepting the fact that your senior parent or other loved one is having trouble living on their own. While it is easier to see them as the parent you had as a child, it is best to admit that many more years have passed and they likely need at least a certain amount of home care, especially if some signs of struggling at home have developed.

1 – Neglecting Home or Personal Care

Home Care Crawfordville, FL: Signs Your Senior is Struggling at Home

Some things could be easily overlooked as a senior begins to struggle when living alone. It could be a lack of cleaning the home, while there are other things that they deny. Sometimes the inability to maintain appliances or repair other areas of the home could be an issue as well. If they are not able to handle the repairs on their own, some of these seniors ignore the option to call a handyman or contractor, leaving some major areas of the home to disrepair.

Even more so, this could include things like ignoring personal hygiene or some of the simplest home care issues like groceries, dishes, laundry, and taking out the garbage. If expired products, most often long-expired groceries, are left in the refrigerator of your loved one, then it is likely time to start questioning whether they may be struggling.

2 – Unintended Weight Change
As a response to some of these issues with ignoring personal care, there may be a change in weight. Sometimes this may be as a result of medications that seniors take or a recent change in a medical diagnosis, but there is even more to it than that. If seniors are no longer able to get regular physical activity on their own then it could lead to unintentional weight gain. At this point, it could be time to have a conversation about home care or senior care where there is access to daily physical activity in order to maintain quality health.

This could also indicate that they don’t have the energy, memory, or focus to make themselves healthy meals. If they are eating unhealthy as well, a result could be weight gain. On the other hand, if seniors ignore eating regular, healthy meals they could lose weight because they just decide not to eat. It could be another reason to bring up the topic of the best options for senior healthcare.

3 – Medication Problems
This may not be a change in your loved one’s medical condition, but possibly something as simple as forgetting to take their medications on a daily basis. They may even forget to pick up medication from the pharmacy.

4 – They are Unsteady on Their Feet
Loss of balance is a symptom of different diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. Other issues like ear infections or other infections of the inner ear cause Vestibular disorders random loss of balance. This could also be a result of poor core strength, poor eyesight, neurological disorders, and other nerve damage. Many of these can cause a long-term loss of balance as well.

 

With all four of these issues, there is a definite path to a senior needing some sort of home care. This could include 24-hour in-home care that can help make sure that health and safety issues are no longer a risk in the long-term.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care in Crawfordville, FL,please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552.Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Sources
https://www.fivestarseniorliving.com/blog/health-wellness/what-are-the-warning-signs-a-senior-needs-help
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/caregivers/in-depth/aging-parents/art-20044126
https://health.usnews.com/senior-care/caregiving/articles/2018-02-09/what-are-the-signs-your-aging-parents-need-help

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https://www.self.com/story/5-health-problems-that-can-cause-bad-balance

Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.