Talking to your elderly loved one about increasing the amount of assistance they need at home can be a delicate discussion, seniors don’t take lightly to being told they are not able to take care of themselves.
As their loved one, you need to make the decision on what is best for their well being, if you have been noticing things like mail going unopened, their hygiene declining or lack of care for cleaning their home, it may be time to have a talk.
Seniors don’t want to feel like a burden to anyone, and also want to hold onto their hard earned independence as long as possible.
They may have just ignored the signs and tried not to inconvenience anyone, but family and friends may have to step in before seniors become a danger to themselves.
Here are clear indicators your elderly loved one may need help at home:
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Forgetting or losing things
- Unable to move around as easily
- Food going to waste
- Trash piling up
- Mail piling up
- Not going to doctor’s appointments
- Bruises on their body
- Weight loss
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