Home Care in Stamford, CT - These Simple Signs May Offer Insight into Your Elderly Loved One's Physical Capabilities
The last time you stopped over to visit your aging father, maybe you went over there to check if he needed anything. Perhaps you are stopping by because of some concerns you or other family members have had recently with regard to his ability to take care of himself.
Most likely by this point, the topic of elder care has come up, at least among the rest of your family members. If it has, you may not only be contemplating what level of assistance he may need, but you may also be wondering when he will begin needing help around the house. You may not realize it, but that time might be now.
Below are three suggestions for determing if your elderly father may be at a point where caring for himself has become difficult:
Check out his closet.
If he gives you permission (and never invade somebody else’s privacy, even your elderly father who may be having difficulty tending to his own basic care because privacy is something everyone deserves, regardless of age) and check the condition of his closet.
Is there a pile or several piles of dirty laundry on the floor of the closet? Does he not have any clean clothes left hanging up? If he’s having difficulty getting up and down the stairs to do laundry, or perhaps doesn't have the motivation to do it on his own, he could be wearing the same clothes day in and day out and the dirty ones will be piled up in the closet when you investigate. Unkempt clothes and increasing dirty laundry are significant signs of needing both physical assistance and possibly emotional support through companionship.
Pay attention to his personal hygiene.
If your father seems to not be taking a shower, washing his face, or brushing his teeth as often as he used to, he may be struggling with his balance or having other problems doing these basic activities. Being fearful of a fall getting into or out of the bathtub or shower indicates a real need for the assistance of home care, as well as increased safety measures such as grab bars and non-slip tiles.
Look in the refrigerator.
Many people overlook the refrigerator as a clear sign of the need for help for elderly loved ones. Decreased vision and reduced taste and smell from medications, for example, can lead seniors to consume food that has spoiled without realizing it until it's too late. If there are many outdated and expired food items in the fridge, if there are leftovers beginning to grow mold or that have soured, it could be a solid indicator that some type of elderly home care is necessary right now.
Maybe your father has gotten rid of everything that’s bad, but he only relies on frozen foods and preprocessed meals. Those are not offering him the kind of nutrition he may require right now, either. Assistance with healthy grocery shopping and preparing nutritious meals would benefit your father tremendously.
If you have any concerns about something you’ve seen in his house, sit down and have an honest conversation about professional elder care services. It could be the best conversation you have with him this year.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Stamford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.