If you have an elderly loved one, you can expect them to require senior care in the future. Now is the moment to start talking about what they want and what options they have. These are difficult talks to have, but they are vital in order to plan for the future and give your family peace of mind.
This blog post will assist you in determining the best moment to discuss senior care with your parents. Here are six telltale signs an aging parent needs help.
Missing Social Plans or Appointments on A Regular Basis
If your parent has started canceling social arrangements or missing appointments, this could be an indication of sadness or mobility issues. Some older persons may become isolated, their social interactions may be harmed, and feelings of loneliness may worsen as a result of depression. Adults with mobility issues may want to socialize, but finding it difficult to walk or maintain normal balance might make it difficult to leave the house and meet up with friends.
Arthritis, visual impairments, and other medical issues can make it difficult for seniors to walk around. If you’re concerned about your parent’s mobility, look for symptoms that he or she is having trouble walking, climbing stairs, or performing other activities.
Bruises or Injuries That Aren’t Explained
Injuries in aging individuals aren’t always caused by falls. In 2018, almost 4,600 people aged 65 and up died as a result of unintended poisonings and burns. Look for apparent indications of burns, such as red skin, scars, blisters, and peeling skin, when you see your loved one. Ask your parent about abdominal pain, nausea, difficulties breathing, vomiting, and other probable poisoning symptoms if you’re worried about unintentional poisoning.
There Is A Noticeable Lack of Hygiene
Changing into clean clothes, brushing teeth, washing hair, and bathing might be challenging for an elderly person due to physical and mental health issues. Body odor, bad breath, matted hair, and ragged nails are all indications of inadequate hygiene. Keep an eye out for dirty dishes, ruined food, insect activity, and other symptoms that your parent is unable to keep up with routine housekeeping tasks when you visit.
Sudden And Notable Weight Loss
Due to lower physical activity levels, older adults require fewer calories as they age, but considerable, rapid weight loss may be cause for concern. It could be an indication of gastrointestinal disease, cancer, or a psychiatric disorder if your parent loses a lot of weight in a short period of time..
Forgetfulness Has Increased
Changes in the brain make it more difficult to remember things as people get older. Forgetfulness can also be a sign of a variety of medical and psychological issues. When a parent’s forgetfulness becomes out of hand, it’s time to have a conversation about senior care. It’s one thing to misplace your keys; it’s quite another to forget to turn off the stove. Start looking into senior care choices immediately away if your parent’s forgetfulness puts their safety at risk.
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