As people begin to age, certain factors inhibit them from taking proper care of themselves. This is where elder care comes into the picture. Elcare believes in Carenting, which is simply defined as caring for the elderly. This involves, but is not limited to, assistance with daily tasks, scheduling regular health-care checkups and ensuring they are living a healthy, balanced life in terms of their food, activity and mental health. 

 

Sometimes the elderly are vocal about their additional need for caretaking, but certain circumstances can render them unable to voice their needs. However, there are various signs to indicate that they need elder care. What follows is a list that can help you determine whether an elderly person in your home is exhibiting any of these signs. 

 

Indicator 1: Difficult performing activities of daily living

The basic tasks of daily life including bathing and grooming, dressing, walking, eating can become difficult for an elderly person. They may either have aches and pains that make it difficult to perform such tasks or they may simply have decreased awareness of when these tasks need to be performed. Whatever the reason, if an elderly person is experiencing difficulty in performing daily activities, this is a clear indicator that they need help. 

 

Indicator 2: Changes in physical function and appearance 

Minor changes in the physical appearance of elders can indicate major problems in their lives.  Noticeable weight loss or visible burns on their hands can indicate difficulty cooking, eating or having access to healthy food. Poor personal hygiene could mean that they are having trouble grooming themselves or have a decreased interest in personal care. Watch out for these small indicators and reach out to professionals if you notice any of these signs. 

 

Indicator 3: Changes in behavior or mental health 

Lack of drive or motivation, loss of interest in hobbies or daily activities, difficulty keeping track of time or extreme changes in mood are all signs of deteriorating mental health. All these factors can severely impact their overall wellbeing and need proper care and the attention of a doctor. If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, or think that they are not their usual selves, it is time to reach out to healthcare workers who can help improve your parents’ lives.

 

Indicator 4: Neglecting household responsibilities 

Unpaid bills, unfilled prescriptions, untidy living areas are just some of the signs that your parents are neglecting their household responsibilities. Further, unkempt outdoor spaces or garbage bins that haven’t been emptied can show that they are unable to take care of themselves. If you find piles of bills strewn about carelessly or see unclean and smelly living spaces, there’s a chance that your parents might need additional help around the home. 

 

Indicator 5: Changes in cognition, memory and judgement 

Frequently getting lost or repetitive speech patterns are early warning signs that they are facing changes in their cognitive abilities. Over time, this can turn into an inability to recall familiar names, directions and tasks. This impaired ability could lead to increased confusion, loss of reasoning skills and changes in their personality. When they start demonstrating any of these signs, you should reach out to organizations that provide elder care. 

 

Indicator 6: Increased Accidents 

One sign of unsafe driving is dents or scratches on the automobile. If they still drive a vehicle, keep a close check to make sure that they are not a hazard to road safety. If they are having repeated accidents in the bathroom or you see cuts and bruises on their bodies, this is a sign that they need additional care and support. Increased accidents in their daily lives is a clear indicator that they will benefit from elder care.

 

Listed above are some of the more common indicators that the elderly people in our family need additional care. It is very important to watch out for any behavioural or physical changes in them and their homes to make sure that the right intervention is being taken at the appropriate time. Elcare hopes to provide as much care and comfort to the elderly as they need and ensure that they live their last years with as much ease as possible. If you notice any of these signs, please feel free to reach out to us for aid or information.