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How Can You Tell if Your Senior Is Having Trouble Caring for Herself?

By Denise Roskamp

It isn't always a simple task to determine when your senior is having issues caring for herself. She may hide the evidence from you or you may not know what to watch for in her behavior and environment.

Daily Routines Are Difficult for Her

Daily routines are usually those activities that your senior has done every day for most of her life. They can include activities such as getting dressed, showering, and handling personal hygiene. Differences in how your senior is dressing, how she looks in general, and even how she smells can be huge clues that there is something different going on.

The House Is Looking Rough

Household chores don't seem all that difficult when you have the energy and the desire to do them. If your senior is having difficulty with other aspects of her life then household chores are probably suffering, too. Pay attention to the little things as well as the big things. If she has central air and heat, do they both function? Are the lights all working properly and does she have room to maneuver? Clutter and other issues can make life dangerous for your aging adult.

Food and Meals Are Difficult

Another aspect of life that can have a tremendous effect on your senior's overall health is her ability to eat properly. If cooking, heading to the grocery store, and other aspects of eating are difficult for her, she may be tempted to simply skip meals altogether. That can lead to her losing weight and becoming malnourished.

She's Avoiding Regular Activities

Chances are very good that your aging adult has always had some specific activities and events that she has enjoyed. This might involve spending time with friends and family, enjoying certain hobbies, or any number of other activities. If she's suddenly no longer doing the things that she loves, there may be a specific reason for that. Learning that reason can help you to solve problems for her.

Once you know much more about what your elderly family member needs, you can work with home care providers and other family members to put solutions in place that will really help her.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOMECARE IN SUDBURY, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.