Signs and Signals of
Needing Home Care
Recognizing Signs of Need
As your loved one ages, it’s natural to concern yourself with their health and safety, but how does one know when it’s time to seek help? What kind of help might a loved one need? The key to maintaining independent living is recognizing the signs indicating a family member may need in-home assistance. It often starts off small: As your parents or other loved ones begin to age, they may reach out and ask you for help with little household chores. Gradually, you’ll notice they need help with bigger tasks, such as bathing. It’s at this time, the questions arise, “How do I take care of my aging parents?” and “Is it time seek professional care services?”
We have answers to your questions.
Acting on Your Awareness
By being aware of the signs indicating your loved one needs home care, you know to begin looking for the services they need, allowing them to continue to age safely in their own home.
Here are some signs it may be time for professional home care services:
- For more signals, download our one-page guide, “Signs It May Be Time to Consider Home Care.”
- Evidence of falls such as bruises
- Weight loss, diminished appetite, unwillingness to prepare meals, spoiled food in the refrigerator
- Diminished driving skills or recent car accidents
- A recent diagnosis of Alzheimer's or another form of dementia
In-Home Care for Others
In-home care isn’t just for older adults.
Anyone needing non-medical support and assistance with everyday activities can benefit from our services such as:
- New parents
- Adults with disabilities
- Those recovering from an illness or surgical procedure
Professional home care services often complement other types of care someone may be receiving already, such as hospice or home health care.
Talking to a Loved One About Home Care
It can be challenging to know how to approach and what to say to your aging loved ones about professional care services. Although your intentions are well-meaning, the conversation may not go as smoothly as planned. For example, your loved ones may feel they have become a burden, and may not realize you are simply trying to find the best way to meet everyone’s needs. To effectively communicate with your loved one about long-term care, download our e-book, “Important Things to Discuss with Your Aging Loved Ones."