For many seniors, living at home for as long as possible and maintaining a certain level of independence is extremely important. While loved ones may want to grant the senior(s) in their lives independence, there may be some issues that require outside help.
5 Signs a Senior Needs Help While Living at Home
1. Social Isolation
It is not uncommon for seniors to feel isolated at times. If they no longer drive and don’t leave the house often, seniors may begin to feel isolated from other people. If they are in their home most of the time, they won’t be interacting with others as often as they would like. Feeling isolated from other people may make them feel lonely, which could lead to something more serious like depression.
2. Inability to Manage Finances
For some seniors, it may become increasingly difficult to pay bills or even make it to the bank. While many of these things can be done online now, many seniors have a difficult time using technology, so they often prefer to go to the bank and pay bills in person. There are many issues that might make this difficult for them, such as lack of transportation, poor mobility, or medical issues.
3. Poor Nutrition
Adequate nutrition is extremely important for senior health. If there are notable changes to a senior’s weight such as sudden weight loss or weight gain, poor nutrition may be a factor. He/she may have a difficult time getting to and from the grocery store, or just may not know how to eat healthy.
4. Medical Issues
There are many medical issues that could make living at home difficult for seniors. Health conditions such as Diabetes and Arthritis may be difficult for seniors to manage on their own and may require frequent doctor visits as well as management of medications.
5. Age-related Issues
Issues associated with aging such as poor vision and decreased mobility may make it difficult for seniors to complete daily living skills. They may have difficulty with daily activities such as meal preparation, household cleaning, and even bathing and dressing.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!