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InnovAge provides seniors with the care, services and support they need to age independently at home. If you’re wondering how to identify the right time to seek additional help for someone you love, here are nine common indications that your family member may require or benefit from more assistance and/or medical attention.
- Unexplained weight loss that could indicate difficulty with grocery shopping, cooking and/or swallowing—or a more serious health issue such as malnutrition, dementia, depression or cancer.
- Failure to dress in clean clothes, change clothes regularly or keep up with daily routines such as bathing, brushing teeth and other basic grooming.
- Changes in the way the house is maintained (burned-out light bulbs, overgrown yard, dirty bathrooms).
- Increased confusion or agitation.
- Forgetting to renew or take medicines—or taking too few or too many.
- Forgetting to turn off appliances (watch for scorched pots on the stove).
- Having trouble organizing paperwork, paying bills or dealing with clutter.
- Reluctance to walk usual distances or unsteadiness, indicating your loved one is at risk for falling—a major cause of disability among the elderly.
- Avoiding social activities and opportunities for stimulation and companionship.
If you see one or more of these signs, please call us for information about how we can help your loved one become healthier and happier while living at home—and provide the assistance and relief you need as a caregiver.