"Needing a little help" doesn’t always begin with a trip to the hospital for a fall or unwelcome diagnosis like Alzheimer's. Sometimes it sneaks up on us, or we are unaware of the early warning signs that the person in need of care is exhibiting.
Changes in your aging parent’s behavior, personality, level of self-care, or the ability to do things they enjoy can indicate that the time for a caregiver may be approaching.
It’s important to stay aware of these types of changes on seniors' abilities, even when they are living independently and are in good physical and mental health. Knowing what to look for can help prepare for the transition of receiving "a little help" from an in-home caregiver or personal assistant.
Here is a list that adult children can use to observe changes in their parents’ behavior and personal care. Please note that this list should not be used to diagnose individuals. Only licensed health care professionals are able to make medical diagnoses and put together treatment plans for their patients.
No need to rush to the doctor every time your mom or dad has a bad mood, since we all have different personalities and our moods can change depending on the day. However, if he or she has been acting out of character for some time, there may be an underlying reason. You may want to have a conversation with them about how they are feeling and discuss ways you can help.
Changes in activities of daily living
Here are some examples of how changes to the person’s behavior, character, and/or daily living activities can affect different aspects of their life:
Your parent may be reluctant to say they need help, or try to downplay the trouble they are having. By providing help, in even a small way, can make a big difference and allow them to return to greater independence.
Help at Home Senior Care Nevada can help you with the day to day tasks of caregiving to help you focus on more important matters like spending quality time with the person in your care, your family, or focus on your own needs.