There are many physical and mental conditions that gradually worsen with age, and it can be difficult to notice when you need to make changes to a senior loved one’s care plan. Since the changes are so gradual, you might have difficulty recognizing when your loved one needs more assistance. The following signs indicate your parent’s care requirements need to be updated.
1. Significant Weight Loss
Most seniors are prone to gaining weight because their metabolism slows as they age, but being underweight can be just as dangerous. Significant weight loss is often a sign that an older adult is either very ill or having difficulty with grocery shopping and/or cooking. It may be difficult to notice weight loss at first, so check for baggier clothing, thinning skin, and sunken eyes.
Involuntary weight loss can affect your loved one’s quality of life and make daily tasks difficult to manage. Living with a serious health condition can make it challenging for seniors to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional live-in care. Palm Desert seniors can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing, transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more.
2. Forgetting Necessary Things
Some forgetfulness is common with age, but be on the lookout for memory loss that signifies something more concerning. Your parent may need more care if he or she is forgetting to pay bills, losing track of time, getting lost in familiar areas, constantly misplacing necessary things, or forgetting to take medications. All of these things may be a sign of oncoming dementia.
A dementia diagnosis can be difficult for seniors and their families to face. If you need help caring for your aging loved one while he or she manages the challenges of dementia, turn to Home Care Assistance of Palm Desert. Dementia care isn’t the only thing we specialize in. All of our hourly and live-in caregivers are also trained to assist seniors during stroke recovery and help those living with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s maintain a higher quality of life.
3. Lack of Upkeep Around the Home
If possible, take a look around your parent’s house to see if he or she is still able to keep everything clean. People of all ages have some clutter in the home, but it might be time to change your parent’s care plan if the home is dangerously messy and dirty. Clutter is frequently a sign that a senior can no longer take care of him or herself. Unclean living conditions can increase the risk of illness, so they should be immediately addressed.
4. Mobility Issues
Your parent may need extensive care if he or she has fallen or can no longer move around easily due to arthritis, osteoporosis, or another serious condition. Seniors with mobility issues who do not have a caregiver are even more likely to sustain a serious injury during a fall. Your parent may not want to mention any recent falls or accidents to you, so keep an eye out for bruises, scratches, or swelling that may be a sign of a fall.
5. Personality Changes
Be on the lookout for any major personality changes. Common changes that could be a sign your parent needs more care include making unwise financial decisions, not spending time with friends, or abandoning old hobbies. These could be signs of either a mental condition like dementia or depression or a physical condition that is taking all of your parent’s energy.
Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same home care services. Palm Desert families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. To avail high-quality in-home care services for your senior loved one, call us at (760) 345-0001 today.