Elderly problems can involve a sudden need for elder caregivers or other help ...Either from an outside source such as a senior home care service, or assisted living facilities. Or perhaps you. Are you ready?
But how do you really know if there's a real problem. Or if it's just normal aging? Our loved ones often exhibit unspoken signs of problems when they need help. Little clues.
And in helping with my Dad, I learned that those little clues can be very subtle. So I had to be very attentive. Yet not try to read too much into anything. It can be a real challenge.
Some of the most common clues that I've learned about that point to a need for elderly assistance are listed below. Some are more serious and will need to involve senior home care or elderly long-term care. Most seniors will eventually show some of these signs and elderly issues as they age.
If you notice any, talk openly with your elderly parent or loved one or consult a professional to work with you. And above all, do not try to do or figure out everything by yourself.
Being the list type of person that I am, that is my first reaction to any challenge or crisis. Make a list. Or many.
Dad's time first in assisted living and then after he moved in with me, I
have observed or experienced many elderly problems that need
consideration. Maybe these lists will help you too.
Elderly Depression Clues
Some of these signs may actually be symptoms of the onset of dementia or Alzheimers. Or depression. It is vital that elderly people receive support as soon as possible. Caring for the elderly can be challenging.
But you need not be alone. There are many local, state and national public benefits with elderly assistance that can help you. And there may come a time when you need to consider whether your loved one needs home healthcare -- read about caregiver duties; vs. long term care.
Assessing signs of elderly problems is a serious matter. Make
sure you get professional help to pinpoint the real underlying elderly
issues, and to help you and your loved one makes decisions about senior
home care or possible elderly long-term care needs.
Be sure to also read:
Care of Elderly - Don't Be Overwhelmed
-- Care of elderly calls for careful planning. But what steps do you take? Learn to make your best personalized plan.
Care For Elderly In Home - Tips and Ideas -- Care for elderly in home takes a lot of planning, whether a loved one is staying in their own home or moving in with someone else (perhaps you). Great tips and ideas - including having some fun!
Fundamentals of Caregiving -- Information about typical caregiving, provided by either a senior home care service, assisted living, or nursing homes, even if temporarily. What to expect, what to ask caregivers, and possible sharing of caregiver duties.