Home Care: Don’t Miss the Warning Signs this Holiday Season

Home Care: Don’t Miss the Warning Signs this Holiday Season

October 5, 2012 - 10:00 am

The holiday season is approaching, which oftentimes means spending time with family and friends that you may not have seen in a while. This time of year is also when families discover that the elderly individuals in their lives need some extra help at home. When the holidays bring your family together this year, be on the lookout for the following signs that home care is needed:

Weight Loss:
Does the senior seem noticeably thinner? For the elderly, losing weight without trying may be a sign that something is wrong. He or she may be having trouble preparing meals or there may be another health issue that is more serious, like malnutrition, dementia, depression, or cancer.

Has the senior’s general appearance changed in unexpected ways? Failure to keep up with daily grooming routines can indicate health problems such as dementia, depression, physical impairments or vision problems.

Household Upkeep:
Is the senior’s home generally well cared for? Any big changes in the way things are done around the house could provide clues to health. For example, scorched pots could mean forgetting about food cooking on the stove. Neglected housework could be a sign of depression, dementia, or other problems.

General Behavior:
Do you notice any behavioral changes in the senior? Does he or she seem agitated and/or forgetful? Is the senior still able to move around easily or does he or she seem to require more assistance from others with mobility? These kinds of behavior changes could be signs that care is needed at home.

If a loved one exhibits any of these warning signs, it may be time to discuss in-home care. Contact Partners in HealthCare in the Orlando, FL area to learn more about the warning signs that in-home care is needed and to discuss your home care options.

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