There are plenty of signs that your elderly family member needs a little more help. Some of them are obvious, while others are more a feeling you get than anything else. Here are a few of the situations you might want to be on the lookout for regarding your senior’s behavior.
She Rarely Leaves the House.
If your aging family member is reluctant to leave the house, she might be feeling depressed or she might have mobility issues. She could also have trouble driving, but not know how to talk about that with you. So many other issues could also play into her desire to stay at home as much as possible. You might need to sit down and talk to her about what she’s experiencing.
She’s Not Interested in Eating.
Food is a key source of fuel for your senior’s body. If she’s not eating, she’s not getting the nutrients that she needs to keep her body running well and to do the activities that she enjoys. She may have some issues that are easily resolved, though. Having someone else, such as you or elderly care providers, handling the cooking can relieve some of the mealtime pressure.
She Doesn’t Seem to Be Bathing as Often.
Depression, cognitive changes, and even just a change in her sense of smell can all play into your elderly family member’s changing hygiene habits. It’s important to try to determine what’s causing this change so that you can put the right solution in place for her.
Mail and Bills Are Stacked Up.
Dealing with bills and sorting through mail isn’t the most fun activity even when your senior is in good health. But when she’s not feeling so well, that task may be something that stacks up. This can turn into a big problem if paper bills and mail are how she manages the majority of her bill paying and other financial concerns.
She Just Doesn’t Seem Like Herself.
You may not be able to put your finger on it, but there may be times when your senior just doesn’t seem like herself. She may be feeling overwhelmed with life and with everything going on around her. She could also be experiencing some serious health issues. When you’re not sure what’s going on, it’s vital to dig a little bit deeper.
You can also try sitting down and talking with your aging adult. Hiring elderly care providers might not be something that she’s considered and asking you outright for help might have felt awkward to her. By opening up the conversation, you can start to get a solution in place that works for the entire family.