If you have an elderly relative that lives alone, it can be difficult to detect whether they are looking after themselves properly until you visit them. You might start to notice little signs that they are not quite themselves when you do see them. Being aware of these signs is important so that you can ensure that you are available to look after them or you might require the services of professional care.
Lack of Hygiene
If you start to notice that your relative does not smell very nice, as though they have not washed in a long time, this could perhaps be an early sign of Dementia or Alzheimer’s, where they might forget that they have washed. Or it could simply be related to poor mobility issues and they struggle to bathe themselves without assistance.
This might be particularly alarming for you if this is not typical of their behavior. It might be worthwhile looking into care at home services so that a nurse can assist them with everyday tasks such as washing and getting around at home.
Appearing Confused or Forgetful
They might appear to forget little things at first, such as what they ate for breakfast that morning or leaving an electrical device on after leaving the room. If they end up doing this quite frequently it is possible that it might be the start of Dementia.
Lots of Unopened Mail
Seeing lots of unopened mail on the side might be a sign of them forgetting to pay their household bills. So if possible try to check that they have paid all the necessary bills in time so that they are not at risk of being cut off. This is particularly important in the winter months when the weather is cold and they might not have adequate heating to keep warm.
Not Taking Their Medication
You might become aware of them not taking their daily medication if you spot that they appear to have more than usual lying around at home. It is important that they continue to take their required medication, so you might need to make sure they take it when you visit them.
Option of Residential Care Home
If you do end up having to place your elderly relative in a care home you want to ensure that they are looked after. Safe care for elders should certainly be at the top of your list when choosing the appropriate nursing home to place them in. The last thing you want to discover is that the staff are not taking care of your relative in the correct manner.
Jessi is a working mom to two living in Central Florida. She has a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies but decided to make her career in social media marketing and content writing. When she isn’t cooking up something new in the kitchen, she is traveling with her family and looking for new adventures!