Four Big Red Flags that Your Senior Needs More Help
By Kevin Edwards, President
You can try guessing when your senior needs more help, or you can ask. The problem is that she may not want to share with you that she’s having difficulty with certain situations. It helps if you know what to look for so that you can learn when to ask more probing questions.
She’s Had Some Close Calls
Close calls can take a lot of different forms for your senior. She might be having trouble driving and that’s leading her into situations where she’s having near misses with accidents. Or she might have almost fallen a time or two. No matter what format those close calls are taking, they’re a big sign that you can’t ignore. If the close calls are happening while driving, the car might have some damage. Otherwise, your elderly family member herself might have some minor injuries.
She’s Not Recovering from Setbacks as Quickly as She Did
Slow recovery is something that can plague your senior more, too. Whether that recovery is from minor illnesses like a cold or procedures that she has handled easily in the past, a slower recovery is physically trying as well as emotionally trying. Your elderly family member might isolate herself or seem to give up more easily. Because her mental and her physical health are so entwined, it’s important to watch for signs that she’s not coping well.
Worsening Health Issues Are Taking a Toll
Chronic health issues already take a toll on your elderly family member, but when they start to become worse, that’s an even bigger concern. Some progressive health issues, like COPD, aren’t situations in which your senior can get a little worse and then better again. When those types of health issues worsen, it’s permanent.
She’s Having Trouble with Regular Daily Tasks
Activities of daily living are the same activities that help your senior to remain independent. They’re deceptively simple activities, like keeping up with laundry and household chores as well as personal care tasks. Your elderly family member might not mention that she’s having issues with these sorts of activities, but you can start to notice changes to how she and her home look.
If you’re not even sure whether your senior does need help or not, you might still want to hire elderly care providers. They can help you to work out exactly what your senior and you need and they can help you to make that happen.