Your aging in place elderly mother has been living on her own ever since dad passed away. Everything was going well up until recently, when mom started experiencing some serious health problems. You’ve noticed that she could use a hand around the house, but your busy schedule is holding you back. You’d like to hire mom a professional home caregiver but want to be sure before bringing up the topic.
Knowing when it’s the right time to hire an in-home caregiver for an aging loved one is difficult. Using this process will help simplify your decision.
Can Mom Still Perform these Activities?
Because of pride, most seniors don’t tell their adult children that they’re having trouble performing daily living activities. While in mom’s home, look for signs that she could use some assistance in these areas:
- Walking, notably on steps and stairs
- Cooking and eating
- Paying her bills on time
- Medication compliance
- Getting up and down
- Cleaning house and doing laundry
Has mom fallen recently? Loss of balance is common in seniors, and that’s another topic they don’t like to discuss with their grown children. It can be frustrating when you’re trying to get an aging loved one to admit they need help. But when a senior’s physical and mental limitations are clearly interfering with their quality of life, it’s time to offer them some assistance.
Has Her Physical Appearance Changed?
Sure, everyone’s appearance changes over the years due to the aging process itself. But beyond that, whenever you’re around mom look for these signs that something’s wrong:
- Accidental burns on her skin
- Unexplained bruises on her body, possibly from recent falls
- Noticeable weight loss
- Stains on her clothing
- A disheveled appearance that’s uncharacteristic
Have You Noticed Cognitive Changes?
As a person gets older it’s not uncommon for them to experience memory lapses that interfere with their daily activities. But if your mom is showing these types of behaviors, she may have cognitive impairment:
- Acting confused
- Wearing the same clothes every time you see her
- Getting lost in familiar locations
- Forgetting the names of family members or objects
- Difficulty performing routine tasks
- Repeating herself over and over while speaking
- Rapid mood swings for no apparent reason
- Trouble completing a sentence