With age comes challenges that affect one’s ability to take care of their daily needs. Unfortunately, many elderly relatives may not be willing to voice their challenges or indicate their need for additional help. That’s why it’s important to familiarize yourself with the common signs that demonstrate that your loved one may be struggling at home and may benefit from moving to assisted living in order to keep them safe and healthy. Here are a few signs your elderly loved one is struggling at home:
Difficulty with Self-Grooming
A lack of attention to personal hygiene and grooming may be an indication that your loved one is having a hard time living on their own. Due to physical limitations or their cognitive function, your loved one may begin to neglect their grooming needs, such as brushing their hair or teeth, bathing, or changing into clean clothes.
Challenges Keeping the House Tidy
Your elderly loved one may experience a decline in their ability or willingness to perform household chores. You may notice accumulated clutter, dishes pilling up in the sink or counter, or an overall lack of maintenance. These occurrences are hazardous to your loved one as cluttered or dirty spaces can increase the risk of falls and illnesses.
Limited Social Interaction
If your loved one is avoiding visitors or phone calls, or showing a disinterest in socialization, it may be a sign that they are experiencing feelings of depression or loneliness, which can contribute to the advancement of cognitive decline and health conditions.
If you notice your elderly loved one has lost weight and each time you check their fridge it seems to be empty, it may be a sign that they are having trouble preparing meals or eating. This may be a result of mobility limitations, depression, or cognitive decline that makes them forget about their need to eat.
Mismanagement of Medication
As we age, we often find ourselves taking multiple types of medications throughout the day. With cognitive decline an elder relative may begin forgetting which pills they must take and when. This can be very dangerous to their health and may demonstrate a need for moving to assisted living to preserve their safety and well-being.
We Are Here For The Next Steps
If your elderly loved one is displaying signs that they are having trouble living a safe, happy, and healthy life at home, it may be time to consider moving to assisted living at Twin Town Villa. Reach out to our compassionate staff today to schedule a tour of our exceptional community, or contact us at (218) 643-9542 for immediate assistance.