Whether it is unopened post stacking up, missed appointments or something just seems out of the ordinary, it is important to be aware of the signs that your ageing parent may need some help.
Age can sneak up very quickly on people and physical and mental health decline can often surprise family members, especially if they seemed fine the last time you saw them. The key is to be aware of any signs that may suggest something is wrong, so that you can help to support them for the future.
As we get older, daily living tasks become more and more difficult to cope with and the problems will not go away and need addressing. Ageing parents and often their children and family members can be in denial that there is a problem. Nobody wants to lose their independence, but it is important that this is addressed with understanding and kindness.
It would be great if the elderly person admits they are struggling, but often they don’t want to or feel they will be too much of a burden if they do. So here are some signs that you should be looking out for when visiting an ageing loved one:
- House and garden need maintenance
- Poor personal hygiene
- Changes in moods and or extreme mood swings
- Unexplained bruising or injuries
- Difficulty standing up and moving around the house
- Confusion when performing once-familiar tasks
- Weight loss or a poor diet
- Late payments, or missed appointments
- Loss of interest in activities and hobbies
- Forgetting to take medications
Here at The Crescent, we provide carefully crafted care to anyone who needs us. We understand the need for help in their daily routines and are here to help and build their confidence to enable your loved ones to carry on with their journey. If you would like to find out more about how we can help