Setting a New Standard in Elder Care

 Garden City Home Care Services

When is In-Home Care the Right Choice?

Many times the burden falls on family to recognize the right time to introduce home care to a senior.  Just because your loved one is in need of assistance with activities of daily life does not mean they need to go into an assisted living or nursing facility.  In-home care can provide your loved one with the the help and compassion they need to maintain a healthy and happy life.  But if they are not willing to admit they need help how do you know when an elderly parent needs home care?  Here are 20 signs to watch for:

Physical Signs
•Unexplained bruising
•Trouble getting up from a seated position
•Difficulty with walking, balance and mobility
•Unpleasant body odor
•Noticeable decline in grooming habits and personal care
•Poor diet or weight loss

Behavioral Signs
•Uncertainty and confusion when performing once-familiar tasks
•Missing important appointments
•Forgetting to take medications – or taking wrong dosage
•Infrequent showering and bathing
•Changes in mood or extreme mood swings
•Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
•Diagnosis of dementia or early onset Alzheimer's

Signs Around the Home
•Dirty house, extreme clutter and dirty laundry piling up
•Strong smell of urine in the house
•Unexplained dents and scratches on a car
•Stacks of unopened mail or an overflowing mailbox
•Late payment notices, bounced checks and calls from bill collectors
•Spoiled food that doesn't get thrown away