Five signs your aging parent needs more help.

As we age, our needs evolve, often in subtle ways that can be difficult to discern at first glance. Recognizing when a parent requires more support is important to ensure their well-being and continued quality of life. This article explores five key signs that your aging parent may need additional help. Understanding these indicators can help you provide the right level of care and support for your loved one.

1. Difficulty with daily tasks.

During your visits, pay close attention to your parents’ routines. Are they struggling to keep up with basic tasks like getting dressed, bathing, or preparing meals? Perhaps you notice the same clothes hanging on the back of the door for days, or the refrigerator seems sparsely stocked with fresh food. Have they begun to rely on pre-packaged meals?

2. Changes in the home environment.

The state of their living space can also offer clues. Is the house becoming cluttered or unkempt? Are there overflowing trash cans or a buildup of dust and dirt? A decline in housekeeping abilities might indicate they need help.

3. Health concerns.

Unexplained weight loss, new bruises, or cuts could also be signs that everyday activities are becoming difficult, while medication mismanagement and falls are serious indicators that your loved one needs more attention.

4. Signs of mental confusion.

Have you noticed your parents forgetting appointments and prescriptions or even getting lost in familiar places? Increased forgetfulness or confusion could be early signs of memory problems.

5. Changes in personal grooming.

A lack of attention to personal hygiene might indicate a need for assistance. Are their clothes unkempt or wrinkled? Is there a persistent body odor? Are they neglecting to shave or style their hair? A decline in self-care can be a sign of challenges in managing daily tasks.

If you recognize some of these signs in your loved one, it doesn’t mean they must leave their cherished home. Consider home care. Provide the support they need to live safely and comfortably for as long as possible. Egis Complete Care offers compassionate and professional in-home care services tailored to your loved one’s unique needs.

Egis can provide a free consultation to discuss your concerns and create a personalized care plan. This can give you peace of mind, knowing your loved one is receiving the support they need while being able to age with grace and dignity in their own home.