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Warning signs to alert you that Dad needs help at home (Part 1)

Admitting they need help would mean they can’t take care of themselves anymore, and no one wants to lose their independence.  Denial is the unrealistic hope that a problem is not really happening and will go away by itself. Admitting they need help and accepting assistance is not easy for people as they age. It represents a loss of independence. Denial plays a major role – and signs get ignored.

The burden often falls on the family to recognize the signs that an aging parent might need help with daily living tasks. It’s now on you, the caregiver (child) to take action.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that your loved one has to go to assisted living or a nursing home, but they may need some extra help in their home. If they’re not willing to admit it, how do you know if your elderly parent needs home care?

Here are some warning signs to look for:

  1. Spoiled food that doesn’t get thrown away

  2. Missing important appointments

  3. Unexplained bruising

  4. Trouble getting up from a seated position

  5. Difficulty with walking, balance and mobility

  6. Uncertainty and confusion when performing once-familiar tasks

  7. Forgetfulness

  8. Unpleasant body odor; infrequent showering and bathing

  9. Strong smell of urine in the house

  10. Noticeable decline in grooming habits and personal care

  11. Dirty house, extreme clutter and dirty laundry piling up

  12. Stacks of unopened mail or an overflowing mailbox 

  13. Late payment notices, bounced checks and calls from bill collectors

  14. Poor diet or weight loss

  15. Loss of interest in hobbies and activities

  16. Changes in mood or extreme mood swings

  17. Forgetting to take medications – or taking more than the prescribed dosage 

  18. Unexplained dents and scratches on a car

  19. Diagnosis of dementia or early onset Alzheimer’s

(to be continued)

Where to turn?

Check out to find trusted home health care in Chicagoland area or contact me directly at I’m here to help you in your caregiving journey.

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