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
  • Driving
  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Cooking and eating
  • Paying her bills on time
  • Medication compliance
  • Getting up and down
  • Cleaning house and doing lau