It is sometimes difficult for us to know when one of our loved ones is unable to care for himself. Even if the signs are present, it is often hard to admit that this is happening. The signs often develop gradually, and they aren’t always easy to pick up on if you see your loved one regularly. Sometimes, no one notices until a son or daughter who has moved away comes home for a visit and recognizes a decline in a parent’s ability to perform basic tasks.
If you suspect that your loved one may need care, these are some signs that you can look out for:
- Inability to prepare own meals
- Frequent falls
- Inability to keep up with basic hygiene such as bathing or brushing teeth
- Sudden isolation
Once you have noticed these signs you will need to figure out what level of care is needed and how you will pay for these services. Your loved one may need a small amount of help with housekeeping and other daily activities, or more comprehensive care may be necessary.
Although it can be difficult discovering that someone close to you needs care, it is not a process you have to go through alone. An elder law attorney can give you advice about the type of facility that would best serve your loved one’s needs or whether he can be cared for at home.