Does your loved-one need extra help?

Does your loved-one need extra help?

How to tell if your loved-one needs extra help

As your loved-one gets older, it’s important to start looking out for any signs that might mean they’re in need of a little extra help. We’ve put together some top tips on what you should look out for below:

Accidents

With age comes a greater risk of trips or falls and it can take longer for an older person to heal should they be injured from them. You can help by making sure there are no hazards around the home, but if you are noticing they have tripped or fallen on more than one occasion recently, it might be time to get some extra help.

We can provide carers who take on domestic duties around the home and can even help your loved-one when they’re out and about by accompanying them to appointments and events.

Weight loss and personal hygiene

Noticeable weight loss can be a sign that your loved-one may be struggling. It could be down to them forgetting to eat meals regularly or not having the energy or ambition to cook for themselves anymore. A change in personal hygiene is also a sign that they may be struggling with self-care.

Our carers are able to help with bathing, grooming, dressing and assist with eating.

Memory loss or confusion

Memory loss in old age is common but it’s important to keep an eye on this in case it develops into something more serious such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. If memory loss and confusion is upsetting your loved-one’s day-to-day living, it’s worth seeking medical advice.

We’re able to provide carers who can assist with medication reminders and care for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Socialising

A strong social life is vital for anyone, so making sure your loved-one is keeping up with friends, family, neighbours and social events is important. If they are spending long periods of time not leaving the house and are becoming isolated, then extra care to help get them out and about might be needed.

If you feel your loved-one needs extra care in some capacity, we can send one of our Homecare Managers, Senior Carers or Care Coordinators out to you to carry out an assessment. You can find out more about this here.