As the closest person to your elderly relative or friend it can feel like there is a lot of responsibility on your shoulders to step up and look after them. This can be especially stressful once you start to notice small changes in their physical or mental health or if they just begin acting differently. Help is out there in the form of home care, and Lease of Life Home Care are the best in the industry.
It is hard to make the decision as to home care and if your parents really do need it. Ultimately you know your loved one better than anyone else and will notice subtle changes in their personality or behaviours. But we understand that this is a big decision, so we have compiled a list of 6 signs that you can look out for to help you make it.
Have you started to notice unexplained bruises or cuts that your loved one cannot tell you about? Maybe the car has some new dents or scrapes that they cannot explain? Sometimes when people begin to forget how damage has been done it can be a sign that they might need some help at home. They could be hiding this as they are embarrassed about telling you that they are starting to trip or all more often than they used to or that they have made a silly mistake while parking the car. Keep an eye on this and whether it starts to happen more frequently.
Pets are the only beings that know how to love others more than they love themselves, they will be a loyal friend to your loved one and relied upon for companionship. If you notice that the pet is getting slimmer, isn’t greeting you at the door anymore or seems to be frantic and full of energy these could be signs that something has changed. Maybe they are not being walked as frequently or feeding time is being forgotten.
Maybe you have seen letters from the hospital or opticians about missed appointments or maybe they have forgotten the name of a distant relative or friend. Have they offered you a cup of tea 3 times since you have arrived but still not remembered to make it? This could be one of the first signs that your loved one needs some help around the home to make sure they are being looked after and important things are not being forgotten.
Have you started to give your parents a ten-minute warning to find their house keys before leaving the house as its become a regular thing? Or is the tv set on a channel too loud because they haven’t been able to find the remote to turn it down again? These are all subtle signs that you should look out for.
The milk in the fridge is out of date and the biscuits in the tin are months past edible. Or maybe there are piles of post waiting at the front door and a bin full of rubbish that has missed the bin man date? Not keeping the house as they usually would is a sure sign that your parent may be struggling on their own.
The hardest to explain but the one that is usually noticed first is just in the way they act around you. You know your parents or friends better than anyone else and you will be able to notice as soon as they start to act in a way that is not their usual self. Maybe it is the way they look at you or some habits that have started occurring. Whatever it is trust your gut instinct, we are here to help you help your loved one.
All of these signs can be normal in isolated circumstances and could be nothing to worry about at all and none are particularly concerning on their own, we can all be forgetful or messy at times. However, if they come with a state of confusion or denial or you notice two or more start to happen more frequently then just give us a call and we can have a chat with you and/or your loved one. We are here to help with care in your home. For more advice call us on 01707246552 or get in contact here.