Knowing the Signs and When It's Time for Care
Knowing when to make this move can be confusing because sometimes life is bumpy for everybody, at every age. How do we know if the concerns are definitively age-related and it’s time for an even more support?
What to Watch For
One sign is when typical household logistics become overly burdensome, like basic cleaning, yard maintenance and even taking care of plants. Maybe moving around the house gets to be difficult, especially if there are stairs. And when driving stops feeling totally safe. Also, it’s possible hygiene tasks start slipping. Lastly, keep an eye on too much time spent in their favorite chair – like long sleeps. We all like to be comfy, but it’s a problem to stay in a cozy place to the detriment of things that need to get done around here.
Another sign that maybe it’s time for a move is a shift in memory sharpness. Maybe your loved one got lost in a familiar place. Maybe they are missing meds, or perhaps too many scheduled doctor visits get forgotten. Perhaps the electricity bill slips by without getting paid. There could be an increase of excuses for things forgotten, and rise of frustration about being confused. And have meals been missed regularly? These are all normal occurrences when people age and it just means it’s time for more help.
Also, watch out for choices to isolate. We need our people! Although, sometimes when challenges pile up, we shy away. Maybe visits with friends happen less often, or there’s a withdrawal from social activities that used to be fun. Or even an increase of complaints about socializing.
Lastly, consider shifts in emotional regulation. Is there an increased use of alcohol or pain pills? Have you noticed extreme decisions? Maybe there’s been an over accumulation of consumer items that makes you think of hoarding or other obsessive patterns.
If you see any of these things going on with your loved one, it may seem scary, but know that there is help on the way. And we strongly urge you to keep reading more about this and/or talk to a senior living counselor who will be your sure-footed guide.