Ageing is a natural process in any individual’s life. It may come with challenges and is completely dependent on each person’s circumstances, health and wellbeing. Consequently, ageing will tend to affect individuals in different ways.
Although inevitable, ageing is unpredictable in terms of its effects and how it could impact someone’s daily routine. This is the moment when family members may become more conscious of the signs that their loved one needs help and support in order to be safe and experience a better quality of life.
So, what are some of the signs you should be aware of when considering whether your loved one may need care and support?
1. Decreased mobility
Is your loved one struggling to sit down or get up from a chair? Have they started to hold onto things whilst moving around the house?
They may find that flooring has become too slippery or that they struggle to navigate around furniture. Risks of falls and injuries are higher as we age, so it is important to observe whether every day activities, such as shopping, cleaning and climbing stairs, have become more challenging than normal.
2. Piled up bills, late payments and missed appointments
If your relative has always been known for their organisation, phone calls regarding late payments or post piling up on the table are signs that they are perhaps becoming more forgetful than usual or may be struggling to cope. They may also begin to miss important medical appointments.
3. New injuries or burns
Has your relative recently burnt their hand or have they started complaining about a pain that wasn’t there last time you saw them? This could mean they are no longer performing every day activities safely and there could be more potential risks to their safety than before.
4. Change in behaviour
Has your relative experienced mood changes, suddenly become more aggressive, tired or depressed? Perhaps they are quieter than usual or look sad due to unknown reasons. If that is the case, your relative’s wellbeing may be affected and support could be beneficial.
5. Decline in hygiene
Is your loved one no longer styling their hair or brushing their teeth? If you notice they have stopped looking after themselves like they once did, this could be due to a number of reasons, including health, wellbeing and capability.
It is important to mention that these are some and not all of the signs that your relative’s health may be declining. If you have decided your loved one would benefit from extra support, Promedica24 offers a free initial assessment to carry out a more in-depth review of your relative’s needs and tailor support accordingly. You can also access “Funding support for your preferred choice of care” for more information.
As individuals grow older, they increasingly worry about their level of independence as they don’t wish to be a burden to children or family members. In circumstances where elders may not express a desire in being cared for in an environment other than their own homes and where they may need extra care support to carry out every day chores, live-in care could be a good alternative to residential care.