How Would You Recognize Your Elderly’s Need for Care Support?

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Rehabilitation process. Serious pleasant aged man holding walking sticks and trying to walk while being helped by a nice professional caregiver

Holidays are a time when we want to spend them with our closed ones or our parents. It has been a long-living tradition. Seeing your parents, not in a while would ultimately make you want to visit them. But once you do, there might be certain behavioral changes you might see in them and that can be concerning. These changes might be an indication of your parent’s needs for home care support.

Mobility problems

It is very common among older elders to be treated in an emergency for a fall. Your parents might be denying falling but their mobility will give you clear clues and hints about it. If they are seeming to frail and imbalance more, then it is the time you should consult caregivers. Their usage of canes or walkers or unsteady movements through the stairs will also be a clear indication to you.

Medication errors

It is usually not possible to understand if your parents are under proper medication just by looking at them but certain clues might seem helpful to you. You can check it by looking at your medication management system or a weekly medication box. You can also check through their medicine cabinets or the expired bottles of medicines. A chaotic or disorganized system would hint about irregular medicine intake.

Problems of meals

You will get to know about this problem just by looking at the kitchen or the refrigerator. Spoiling food or inadequate food supply are the clear hints of their problems which they aren’t speaking about.

Poor hygiene

Poor hygiene is the biggest indicator of something very wrong happening. An impending physical problem might leave them unable to shower or there might be issues like your parent forgets to take a bath. They might not like cold or are afraid of falling. These are the high signs of an emergency hiring of a caregiver.

Driving problems

If you are visiting your parents, try asking them to take you for a drive. You will get to know a lot by observing their driving skills. Dents or dings on the car will also reveal a lot. You will find symptoms to make sure that they must not be on wheels.

Wandering

This is a serious problem for people with dementia. They might seem lost while wandering and that has really bad consequences. Keep a check with your neighbors.

Touching Hearts provides caregivers who are going to look after these problems of your loved ones.