You have started to see the signs. But you are not sure if these changes in your loved one are serious enough to warrant in-home care. The following questions can help you make this important decision:
Has there been a recent emotional or medical crisis?
Does the individual bathe less often or not at all?
Are pills left over or running out too soon?
Does the individual need help walking?
Is he/she verbally or physically abusive?
Is he/she becoming more forgetful?
Have there been recent falls?
Is your loved one having problems sleeping?
Has there been recent weight loss?
Is his/her hearing or vision affecting the ability to function?
If he/she smokes, are there burn marks?
Is your loved one unable to run errands alone?
Is clothing not being changed daily?
Are there scorch marks on the pot holders or dish towels?
Are there signs of burnt pans on the stove?
Is routine house cleaning not being done?
Have social activities stopped or diminished?
If you are questioning if it is time, it likely is. It is going to be okay. Please call us to start the discussion. And if you decide now is not the time, at least you will be armed with more information for the future.