5 Signs Your Grandparents Can’t Take Care of Themselves

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Here are five signs that indicate it might be time to get professional help for your elderly loved one. For more info visit http://www.brightstarcare.com/.

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5 Signs Your Grandparents Can’t Take Care of Themselves

  1. 1. 5 Signs Your Grandparents Can’t Take Care of Themselves
  2. 2. When an elderly loved one is nolonger able to care for him or herself,the burden often falls on the family.An aging parent or grandparent willnot always ask for additional help, andso it is up to family members torecognize that loved ones needassistance.
  3. 3. “ We can’t always rely on our elderly loved ones to communicate their concerns with us,” says Sharon Roth Maguire, geriatric nurse practitioner and Senior Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations for BrightStar Care®. “There are signs that will help you recognize when a family member needs a little more help and in-care assistance can often ease the burden. ” Maguire says these five signs indicate it might be time to get professional help for your elderly loved one:
  4. 4. 1 Confusion Over Medications:As family members age, memory loss should be considered a red flag.Your loved ones confusion over daily tasks, especially medicationmanagement should be a cause for concern. If a grandparent or parentis forgetting to take medications or taking double doses, it may be timeto consider an in-home nurse. This is one of the most important signs tolook for as medication mismanagement can contribute to worseningconfusion and a host of other concerning health outcomes including fullblown medical crises.
  5. 5. 2 No Longer Able to Drive:Physical and mental decline might prohibit loved ones from doing thethings they normally do, including driving a car. If your loved one ismissing doctor’s appointments or unable to make it to family occasions,this might be a sign they are in need of extra care.
  6. 6. 3 Inability to Manage Finances:Maintaining finances are difficult enough as it is, and when aging familymembers are unable to take care of their financial obligations there canbe repercussions. If you notice large piles of unsorted mail, bills pilingup, or debt collectors leaving messages, it may be time to consider anin-home nurse who can evaluate your loved one’s cognitive status andmedication regimen to see if there are any health related concerns thatmay be interfering with their ability to manage their own finances.
  7. 7. 4 The House is a Mess:Physical challenges, pain, or depression may limit ability to clean andorganize, and this will be apparent when your loved one can’t maintaina tidy home. Dishes in the sink, spoiled food in the refrigerator, piles ofdirty laundry and extreme clutter might be a sign it’s time to thinkabout getting professional help.
  8. 8. 5 Infrequent bathing: If you notice your loved one has not been bathing or showering as often as usual, it might be becauseof physical hardship, depression, or memory loss. This is a sign that yourfamily member needs a little extra help with daily tasks, and in-homeassistance could be the solution.
  9. 9. We understand that this is a sensitive topic, as are many othercaregiving issues. For more information on various family caregiversubject matter, click here.Or, if you’re just starting the search for homecare, download BrightStar’sHomecare Buyer’s Guide for key for key considerations and questions toask as you interview agencies.
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