Things may seem normal on the outside. Some changes are barely noticeable. Once in a while we all forget details or put things off, but when a pattern of neglect develops, it may be time to seek help.
Do you recognize the signs that your loved one needs assistance? Use this self-assessment to help identify when it may be time to consider help.
- Is your loved one’s home becoming dusty, dirty or cluttered?
- Are there unclean areas of the home, like floors or countertops?
- Is the home lacking groceries or nutritious foods?
- Is there any food in the refrigerator or cupboards that is expired or spoiled?
- Are bills being left unpaid or is mail left unsorted and piling up?
- Is your loved one mishandling medications, skipping dosages or taking expired medications?
- Is your loved one missing appointments or neglecting medical care?
- Is your loved one having a difficult time keeping up with personal hygiene?
- Do you often see your loved one wearing the same clothes?
- Do you feel worried about your loved one driving?
- Has your loved one changed his or her routine?
- Are you concerned that your loved one is becoming isolated and lonely?
- Have you noticed burned pots and pans?
- Has your loved one started calling you at unusual hours?
- Have you noticed any changes in mood, affect or behavior that are unusual for your loved one?
- Is your loved one losing weight?
- Is your loved one falling more often or at risk for falls?
- Do you notice bruising or skin tears that indicate possible falls or other injuries?
- Does your loved one seem confused or forgetful?
If you checked any boxes, your loved one may be in need of assistance to remain independent and safe at home. If you’d like to learn more, contact us. We are happy to answer your questions.