This is a tough question to answer for children, and even harder for parents to ask. There are things that you can look for to see if the time is right for you to start thinking about finding assistance for your parents.
- Obvious weight loss/gain: There are a number of things that can cause this, including, but not limited to, depression, cancer, and dementia.
- Increased frailty: Their strength and stature can be changing.
- Unopened bills: This is one of the most common first signs of dementia.
- Thank-you messages from charities: Older adults can be vulnerable to scammers.
- Take a drive with them and look for nicks or dents as you enter the car with them: This can indicate careless driving.
- Check the bathroom for clutter and grime: It is more common for the bathroom to be neglected because keeping the main rooms clean helps keep up appearances.
- Mail piled up in the mailbox: Indication of not checking it regularly.
- Ask their friends: If they haven’t been getting out as much as they used to, or their friends show hints of concern in their voices.
- Bruises or other new pain: They might have fallen, and this could be an indicator that they need help getting around.
- More than average forgetfulness: Forgetting things like their daily medications or paying bills as well as anything else that interferes with their daily lives.
If you begin to notice these things, it might be time to look into additional care for your aging parents.
There are a number of options that could fit the need of your parents, such as in-home care or assisted living.
If you have any questions about the services we offer, our FAQs page is a great place to start!