As your parent or other aging loved one gets older, their ability to live on their own changes a lot. Your job is to look for the signs they need additional care so they can live healthily and happily. Your loved one may not be able to tell you they need help so look for these signs your loved one needs additional care. An at-home caregiver will be able to supply the additional hygiene and household care your loved one needs.
When you visit your loved one, what type of condition is their home in? Do you see dirty dishes piled in the sink, bills scattered all over the table and counter, and clothing strung about? This is concerning, especially if your loved one is usually better at keeping their home clean and organized.
The problem is likely this: your loved one doesn't notice their home is unkempt or they are having difficulties taking care of themselves and their home at once. You can hire a professional at-home aide to take care of light household duties so your loved one can stay at home where they are comfortable without the stress of doing laundry, cleaning the dishes, and vacuuming.
A serious concern you have with your loved one is their hygiene. When you visit their clothes are dirty or put on strangely, such as backwards or inside out. Your loved one has their hair in a mess or doesn't look as if they've bathed or brushed their teeth recently. Don't let your loved one live with poor hygiene, which is bad for their health and mental well-being. Hire an at-home specialist to help with tooth brushing, getting dressed, and other basic hygiene needs so your loved one is well-cared for.
Are you getting frequent phone calls that your loved one is missing or skipping doctor appointments? Is your loved one not picking up their prescriptions or not taking their medications regularly? This is a huge red flag that you need to intervene and provide in-home care. Your in-home care aide will make sure your aging loved one makes it to their doctor appointments and takes their medications on a regular basis so they have the best health as they age.
Your loved one will want to be independent in their home, which can be done with the help of some elder care services. Talk to your loved one's doctor about your options for at-home care.