Is your senior showing signs of needing at-home care? There are several signs to be wary of, such as: social isolation, poor vision or hearing, the inability to manage a budget. Even consistently poor nutrition might indicate that a senior needs reliable care on a day-to-day basis.
- Social Isolation
Social isolation in seniors to a significant degree can be a warning sign of trouble down the road. The effects of social isolation aren't minor and can range from impaired mental capacity to a reduction in immune system effectiveness as well as heightened risk for heart disease. Loss of interest in socializing can also be indicative of depression or dementia. Given the stigma attached to social isolation, your senior might be cautious in admitting to a thinning out of his or her social circle. No wonder, considering that a loss of social contacts when coupled with old age is associated with mental decline.
- Hearing or Vision Impairment
If hearing or vision is impaired, living by oneself might be extremely difficult despite retention of cognitive faculties.
- Poor Nutrition/Unpaid Bills
Does your senior suffer from poor nutrition? Are bills being left unpaid? This could be more than negligence or laziness, these could be signs of dementia as one of its early symptoms is the impairment in the ability to perform mildly complex tasks. Virtually any area of life could be affected, so it's important to keep an eye out for subtle changes in personality and lifestyle.
- Medication Compliance
Your senior might not be complying with an important medication regimen. At-home care can help with adherence to a medication schedule.
Rigidly following a routine can be another early warning sign of dementia. If an elder seems to not seek out novelty in any way and becomes upset at minor deviations from a routine, this could be a sign that mental abilities are waning and that at-home care is necessary.
At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!