Signs and Signals

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As your loved ones age, it’s natural to start worrying about their health and safety, but how do you know when it’s time to seek help? How do you decide what kind of help your loved ones need?

The key to maintaining independent living is recognizing the signs that a family member may need in-home assistance.

Signs That Elder Care is Needed

Here are some signs that it may be time to bring in elder care services:
  • Evidence of falls, such as bruises or wounds
  • Weight loss, diminished appetite or unwillingness to prepare meals, spoiled food in the
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  • Problems with walking or balance, getting up or down, or transferring in and out of bed
  • Diminished driving skills or recent car accidents
  • Evidence of changes in personal grooming or hygiene, such as dirty clothes or unkempt hair
  • Forgetting to take medication or get prescriptions refilled
  • Unclean or cluttered home
  • Unpaid bills or paperwork piling up
  • Changes in relationship patterns
  • Unusual purchases, such as multiple subscriptions for the same magazine or increased purchases from television infomercials
  • A loss of interest in socializing or in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Confusion, memory loss, difficulty concentrating or changes in personality
  • Increased forgetfulness evidenced by missed appointments, unopened mail, or frequent loss of items
  • Inappropriate behavior, such as increased vulgarity or making phone calls at strange hours

Next Steps for Elder Care

After you have noticed signs that your loved one may be in need of some assistance, you should do some research so that you have an idea what kind of help is available in the area. This will enable you to suggest solutions when you speak to your loved one and other family members. Suggesting solutions such as home care services may help to ease your loved one’s mind, as most seniors prefer to stay in their own home.  

Contacting ComForCare

We’re available 24 hours a day to help you evaluate your needs and determine the best options for you and your loved one. We can meet with you in your home or at our office. We can provide an in-home evaluation of your loved one's condition and needs, and we’ll work with you to develop a customized care plan for our professional caregivers to follow.

Call ComForCare today to start a discussion about how we can help you and your loved one.

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