If you have an older relative that seems to be difficulty with their daily activities, it might be time to get them in-home care services. Many services are not related to needing medical care, so even if they don't have a serious illness or are recovering after surgery, they may still need some assistance. Here are some signs that they are in need of non-medical in-home care services.
Lack of Personal Hygiene
A common sign that someone is in need of help at home is when they are starting to exhibit lack of personal hygiene. You might visit your grandmother and discover that she has a bad body odor that might mean she hasn't taken a bath in several days, it looks as if her clothes are soiled, or she seems to have not brushed her teeth in a while. It is possible that her decline in personal hygiene is due to not being physically able to handle these tasks. Perhaps it is hard for her to run her own bath or even sit in the shower on her own. She might also have some forgetfulness, which is why she isn't doing laundry or changing her clothes, or brushing her teeth and her hair. In-home care aides will be able to help with these types of things.
Household Chores Being Ignored
Your older relative may also be ignoring basic household chores in addition to doing their own laundry. You might visit them over the weekend and find several newspapers in the driveway and a full mailbox, a lawn that hasn't been mowed in a while, and trash cans that don't appear to have been taken out. Inside the house, look for messes and clutter, such as piles of dishes in the sink, and food and drinks on the coffee table and end tables. If it is especially dusty and doesn't smell great, you will notice right away. This is probably because your relative no longer has the physical ability or strength to handle household chores on their own.
They Are Losing Weight
Consider in-home care services if they are showing obvious signs of weight loss. This is frequently due to not having an appetite or not being able to cook their own meals. When you visit your loved one and notice they are losing weight rapidly, check their cabinets and refrigerator. If you see that it is practically empty, you know they are having difficulty buying groceries. Supportive In-home care aides are able to run errands and handle grocery shopping in addition to preparing meals.Share