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3 signs that your parent may need further support

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As we get older, we don’t want to admit when tasks we were once able to do easily have become more challenging, or even impossible to complete. This can make it difficult to see when your elderly loved one isn’t coping so well, especially if they live by themselves. There are a few tell-tale signs to look out for that might help you spot a need for some extra support.

Is your parent having difficulty with walking?

Have you noticed that your loved one isn’t getting about as much as they used to? This could mean limited movement around the home, such as getting in and out of the bath or shower, or even leaving the house to go to the shops.

We all take the odd tumble when we aren’t concentrating, but according to NHS England, around 1 in 3 adults over 65 and half of people over 80 will have at least one fall a year. Most of these falls won’t cause a serious injury but could result in broken bones, or more commonly, a loss of confidence.

A live-in care worker could assist with essential tasks such as shopping and cooking as well as accompanying your loved one on outings, ensuring their safety and maintaining, if not boosting their confidence.

Have you noticed any change in behaviour?

We humans are mainly creatures of habit, so when we begin to act out of character, there is usually a reason for it. If you’ve noticed your usually proud, organised parent is skipping washing, or they have missed taking their medication a few times, this could be a tell-tale sign they need extra support.

A live-in care worker could ensure your parent’s health and wellbeing are taken care of. They could assist with washing, dressing, toileting, shaving, hair and make-up as well as much more.

A live-in care worker can also ensure your loved one takes the correct medication at the correct time.

Is your loved one becoming withdrawn, or not appearing like their normal self?

As we get older and find things more challenging, we can lose confidence. This can have a huge impact on our quality of life. Companionship, assistance with daily tasks and someone to rely on for activities and daily outings can make a big difference. A live-in care worker can take care of all these things and help your loved one maintain their independence.

If you recognise any of the above signs, or you are becoming concerned for your elderly loved one, it could be time to consider a live-in care assistant.

Having assistance allows for an individual to remain at home in their comfort while giving he or she, and their relatives, reassurance that they are in good care.

Hume Greyson
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