September 13, 2021
When you have an aging parent, it can be difficult to know when to step in and offer help. On one hand, your elderly parent may want independence. On the other hand—if you notice signs that your elderly parent needs help—you want to make sure they are getting the care they need.
As you navigate changes in your parent’s health and abilities, you have many options. Above all, you want to put their safety and health first. Watch out for these common signs that it may be time for extra care and support.
Changes in physical health
When your elderly parent needs help, you may notice changes in their physical well-being. Ask yourself these questions about the physical signs that they need additional care:
Changes in mental health
In addition to physical health, you may notice mental health changes. Ask these questions to catch common mental health signs that your elderly parent needs help:
Changes in the ability to care for their home or self
Your elderly parent may be hesitant to admit when they need more help at home. Look for these signs that they may be struggling to care for daily tasks:
Specialized care when your elderly parent needs help
If you answered yes to some of these questions, it may be time to talk about additional care for your parent. You may find it helpful to bring other loved ones into the conversation. The AARP also suggests getting your parent’s primary care provider involved. In general, your parent may be more willing to listen to a trusted health provider. Together, you can discuss options like senior living or assisted living and how to best meet your loved one’s needs.
Our team at Autumn Leaves specializes in helping seniors with the right level of care so they can live a healthy, fulfilling life. From physical well-being to help with daily tasks like meals, we’re here to support your parent and you. Contact us today to navigate your options for an elderly parent that needs more care.