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As we become older certain tasks can become increasingly difficult and it may become difficult to do the things we used to enjoy. Older parents can sometimes be reluctant to ask for extra help, fearing that they’re a burden to relatives. They may also try to hide that they’re struggling so as not to worry anyone. This means it’s essential to look out for early signs that your parent might need care at home. Here are some of the key early signs that might mean you should have a conversation about care.

Emotional Changes

One sign that care might be required is if you spot certain emotional changes in your parent. These signs may not be the most obvious but they could signify that your parent requires additional support;

  • Loss of interest in things they used to enjoy
  • Withdrawing themselves from friends and family
  • Mood swings – switching moods suddenly
  • Aggressive or angry behaviour

Physical Changes

Physical changes are often the most obvious but it may be difficult to identify changes that signify care requirement. As your parent gets older you may notice that they’re moving more slowly, or struggle at times to get out of their seat. These changes are normal as we age, but they don’t necessarily indicate that care is required. Some signs to watch out more are;

  • Sleeping for much of the day with little energy
  • Unexplained bruises or injuries
  • Significant weight loss
  • Mobility difficulty preventing essential tasks (eg. getting to the bathroom, cleaning etc.)

Mental Changes

Drastic changes in behaviours or acting strangely can be a sign that your parent requires care. This changes may happy quickly and can sometimes mean that your parent is at risk of harm. Some of the mental changes that your may spot from your parent are;

  • Confusion or forgetfulness, missing appointments or not managing medications correctly
  • Poor judgement or decision making
  • Leaving the home dressed inappropriately
  • Leaving the home at odd hours or acting strangely

Environmental Changes

One of the main things we want for our parents is for them to live in a safe and pleasant environment. One significant sign that someone may require home care is when the condition or cleanliness of their home declines significantly. Some things to look out for are;

  • Lots of unwashed dishes piling up
  • General uncleanliness from someone who used to take good care of their home
  • Lots of out of date food, or very little food in the cupboards
  • Cluttered home making moving around difficult for your parent

If you recognise some of these signs from your parent it doesn’t necessarily mean that they require round the clock care, or that they’re unable to remain in their home. Care services at Premier Care are person specific and planned based on an assessment of your parent and their needs. If you think that your parent of loved one may require some extra support to remain independent at home, don’t hesitate to contact one of our care advisers to find out more.

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