Signs Your Elderly Parents Need In-Home Care

Are you concerned about the wellness of an elderly parent who’s living alone? If you’ll be visiting them over the holidays, it’s a great opportunity to check on how well they’re doing.

If you are already concerned, you’re not alone! Most older adults want to age in place. According to the AARP, 87% of adults age 65 and older want to stay in their current home and community for as long as possible. But how can family members know when it’s time to get help?

Many older adults have chronic illnesses and mobility issues that can make it challenging to maintain their physical health and environment. Here are some things to watch for:

— Declining physical health. Signs such as unexplained weight loss, difficulty managing medications, and frequent falls can be red flags. Please consider in-home care to ensure elderly health is adequately monitored and managed.
— A neglected home. Unwashed dishes, piles of laundry, an empty fridge, foul odors and a neglected lawn can signal that your elderly parents are struggling to manage their home.
— Difficulty with personal care. One of the first indicators that in-home care is needed is when elderly begin to struggle with personal care like bathing, dressing, toileting and grooming. If your once well-groomed elder is unkempt or has body odor or overall poor hygiene, it may be time to consider in-home care.
— Loneliness and isolation. Loneliness and isolation can make older adults more vulnerable to health problems, such as heart disease, depression and cognitive decline. An elder who frequently misses family events, is no longer socializing with friends, or is not participating in their usual interests and hobbies may be experiencing loneliness and isolation.

JD Miller

About JD Miller

John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. Phone: (781) 378-2164 Email: [email protected] Website:

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