Sometimes, it can be challenging for caregivers to know when a loved one needs additional care. The caregiver is often too close to the loved one to notice subtle changes that happen on a daily basis. In other instances, the caregiver may be reluctant to relinquish total control over care for the person they have spent a lifetime loving. This may blind them to the need for additional care that is outside the abilities of the caregiver. Here are seven signs your loved one may need additional care.
1. Medication is Not Being Managed Well
When a loved one is taking multiple medications, making sure that they are taken on schedule, and that refills are obtained on time, can be extremely difficult, both for the senior and the caregiver. If you notice more instances where medication is being managed poorly, additional help may be warranted.
2. Driving Abilities are Deteriorating
Driving safely requires spatial awareness, the ability to react quickly to changing conditions, and good mental acuity. If your loved one is getting into more fender benders, or getting lost while driving, it may be time to look into getting additional care.
3. Signs of Malnutrition
If you see that your loved one is losing weight, or just doesn’t look healthy, they may not be eating properly. Eating and meal preparation problems are common with older persons who need additional care.
4. Missing Important Appointments
Have you discovered that your loved one has missed more than one important appointment, such as a checkup with their doctor? Vigilant medical oversight is critical to optimal health in the elderly, and delaying getting additional care can be detrimental. It is a sign that your loved one may need additional help.
Loss of either short-term or long-term memory is serious, and warrants getting additional care for your loved one. You don’t want to have instances where they leave the stove on, or forget to lock their door. If these signs have already appeared, it is time to research additional care options.
6. Unexplained Injuries
Are you noticing bruises or scrapes on your loved one when you come to visit? These may be from falls or bumps due to mobility issues. If left ignored, these falls can lead to serious injuries. Additional care can help prevent these types of injuries.
7. Dirty or Cluttered Environment
If your loved one’s home is dirty or cluttered when you arrive for a visit, this may be a sign that they’re no longer able to keep up with daily chores like cleaning. In this case, you should consider getting help for them.
Remember that getting additional care for your loved one doesn’t mean giving up. It simply means that there are some life tasks that they need help with. When you both make the decision to get help, everyone’s life will be easier.
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