Watching someone you love age can be difficult. But, as a son, daughter or friend, we have the responsibility of identifying changes, which signal a need for more care. Jenn Ofelt, director at UnityPoint at Home, explains six signs that may mean it’s time to consider more assistance.
- Loss of interest. Take note if your loved one loses interest in normal activities he/she usually enjoys, like coffee with friends or watching a favorite TV show.
- Less activity. Keep tabs on activity levels and identify any changes. Watch for changes in household tasks, like less cooking, laundry pilling up or reduction in housekeeping.
- Subtle changes in appearance. This doesn’t have to be any major changes, but watch for disruption to hygiene and grooming or changes in clothing choices.
- Unintentional weight loss or gain. Look at how their clothes are fitting, or review recent pictures to help identify weight changes.
- Recent falls or illness. This can be any illness that leaves a loved one weak and tired.
- Recent hospitalization. Really, any hospitalization is a signal it is time for more concern.
If you notice one or more of these signs in an aging loved one, it is a good idea to consider contacting UnityPoint at Home. A care team will come to the patient’s home to help him/her transition through the changes in their lives in a healthy and comfortable way.
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