As your loved one gets older, it can get more difficult to detect changes that may occur physically or mentally, especially when you are not a healthcare professional or if your older loved one is hesitant to tell you that they need help.
Here at Bell & Associates Consulting Firm, we understand that caring for a loved one can be a huge task and it helps to have as much support as possible. In this post, we will cover five warning signs that will help you determine whether or not your elderly relative or friend needs additional help.
If you begin to notice that your loved one hasn’t been paying their bills, randomly starts losing or misplacing their money, attempts to pay bills more than once in a month, or even tries to hide money, it is time that your loved one may need additional assistance.
2. Changed Eating Habits
Perhaps your older friend or relative suddenly starts to lose weight? What if your older loved one, who used to love to eat and loved food, suddenly has no appetite? Perhaps they begin to start missing meals and/or forgets to eat throughout the day?
3. Inappropriate/Unusual Behavior
Another sign that your older loved one may need help is that they start to behave in a way that is unlike themselves. You begin to notice that they are uncharacteristically loud or quiet, irritated, paranoid, or upset.
4. Loss Of Interest In Hobbies
If you notice that your loved one has stopped participating in activities that used to give them joy. Whether that was going to church, meeting with their friends, or participating in hobbies that they used to love, if you notice a sudden decrease or just a complete stop in those activities, it may be time for additional help.
Forgetfulness can be a natural sign of getting older, but if your loved one begins forgetting parts of their everyday routine, that can be a sign that it is time to get extra help. Forgetting to open and read over mail or important documents, missing appointments, forgetting to get their prescriptions refilled, and more are definite warning signs that your elderly loved one needs help.
Keep in mind that the signs listed above do not always mean that your loved one needs immediate help. Be sure to keep in contact with your loved one’s doctor so they can be aware of the changes and assist you in determining your options for finding care.
For additional information on healthcare plans for your older loved one, please contact Bell & Associates Consulting Firm at www.bellinsuranceconsultants.com or give us a call at (662) 260-4635.