6 Signs Your Loved One Needs More Assistance

6 Signs Your Loved One Needs More Assistance

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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Unintentional weight loss or gain. Look at how their clothes are fitting, or review recent pictures to help identify weight changes.
  5. Recent falls or illness. This can be any illness that leaves a loved one weak and tired.
  6. 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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