September 13, 2021
Have you noticed small changes in your parent that make you wonder if they need more help? As seniors age, it’s common for their abilities to change. However, if your elderly parent needs help, they may not always tell you. Many seniors feel like they would be a bother or worry about losing independence.
As their child and caregiver, you want what’s best for your parent’s health and safety. While the signs they need more care may be small at first, don’t ignore them. If you notice any of these 11 signs, it may be the right time to talk about extra support and additional care services.
Changes in appearance or around their home
When your elderly parent needs help at home, you may notice several signs when you visit. If they are struggling with daily tasks, it can show up in their appearance or hygiene too.
Changes in physical well-being
Your parent’s physical health can provide signs they need more help too. Take note of any changes in their health or mobility. Some common signs include:
Changes in mental well-being and function
While some seniors may be in good physical health, mental health changes could also mean they need more support. Look for these changes in their memory, mental function, or mood:
Support when your elderly parent needs help
Whether it’s physical signs, mental signs, or signs around the home, these small changes signal a need for extra care. If you think your parent may be unwilling to accept help, get other trusted loved ones to express their concerns too. The AARP also says your loved one’s health care provider is a good resource. They can provide a full picture of your parent’s physical, functional, and mental health so they can get the right type of care.
If your loved one needs full-time care and support, Walnut Place is here for you. Our community provides numerous services and creates a safe, comfortable environment where your parent can thrive. Contact us today to navigate your options for an elderly parent that needs more care.
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