Signs Your Aging Loved One Needs Care-Giving Services
While having your elderly loved one live in a senior housing community may seem like an uncertain and intimidating task, having them continue living on their own can have dangerous consequences on their health and well-being. If you notice any of the following signs, it may be time for them to move to a senior care unit!
Has your loved one been avoiding meeting family and friends lately? Do they appear to be distant and disconnected from everybody, preferring to stay at home all alone? If you’ve noticed them isolating themselves and declining lunch invitations and family get-togethers, it’s a sign that they need care and help.
Having a support system is important in all stages of life. This need multiplies in old age, when your physical and mental capabilities gradually start to deteriorate. This is why they need to be surrounded by people who can help them get through basic and complex tasks.
Isolation is also an indication of loneliness and if left unresolved, can have severe consequences on their health. Being in a senior care community can help them socialize with likeminded individuals and continue participating in activities they enjoy. It can also lead to new friendships and hobbies.
Injuries & Bruises
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 65 suffer serious injuries due to slip and fall accidents. In fact, the leading cause of death from injuries in older adults is attributed to falls. The risks of such deadly injuries only increase with age, making the outcomes even worse.
If your aging loved one seems to have odd bruises and cuts on their body, than it may be because of repeated falls and slips. In more severe cases, they may even fracture their bones and develop other health complications. If they live alone or in a house with slippery tiles and staircase, then they’re even more susceptible to falls.
Act before the situation escalates. If your loved one has had instances of fall-related injuries, than it’s highly recommended that they be shifted to a senior care unit where their health and activities can be supervised to prevent injuries.
Neglected Home Maintenance
Does the house look like it hasn’t been dusted, mopped, or vacuumed in weeks? Are there piles of dirty dishes in the kitchen? Is their mailbox stuffed with unopened envelopes and bills?
If so, it may be because your loved one’s having a hard time doing household activities and chores. Unkemptness is often a sign that assistance is needed, and assisted living communities offer exactly that!
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