When is it time to get some help?
Sometimes the decline in your own health or that of a loved is not always obvious. A gradual decline in someone’s health is harder to recognize than a sudden change. Where someone once walked just fine, a gradual change over a year may go unnoticed. Now they are slower, stooped over, and grab onto furniture for balance. This is a sure sign that they are a fall risk and a home safety evaluation should be performed.
People tend to get used to; moving slower, forgetfulness, or they just don’t want to get up and do things any more. These can all be signs that it’s time to make some changes and/or get some help before a fall or serious medical condition lands them in the hospital.
Here is a list of things you should think about that may be signs you or your loved one may need some additional care or safety precautions:
☐ Decline in personal hygiene (not showering or changing cloths, feel unsafe in the shower)
☐ Difficulties with toileting (incontinence)
☐ Weight loss or poor diet (it’s hard to cook so you don’t eat or just have snacks)
☐ The house is cluttered, and dishes are piled up (it’s hard to clean, you’re tired or just can’t do it)
☐ Garbage is piling up and not taken out regularly (you can’t carry the trash bag outside)
☐ Forgetfulness (forgetting to take medication, leave the stove on, forget people’s names)
☐ Not checking the mail or paying bills (shut off or collection notices)
☐ Frequent falls or loss of balance
☐ Trouble getting out of the chair, difficulty walking
If you marked any of the above warning signs, you may need some additional assistance in the home. Assisting Hands Home Care will evaluate you or your loved one for FREE and let you know what services and safety equipment are available to help you stay safe and comfortable in your own home.
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