September 13, 2021
When your elderly parent needs help, they may be hesitant to ask. It’s common for senior adults to refuse help or try to continue doing difficult tasks themselves. As a result, it’s important to be on the lookout for signs they may need help—even if they don’t tell you.
While sometimes navigating the best care for your parent can be hard, you have options for support. If you notice any of the following signs, it may be time to look into additional care. With the right support from trained professionals, you can better protect your parent’s safety and health.
Mental health signs
As your parent ages, they may have changes in mental health or memory. Use these questions to help catch early changes in mental ability or well-being that could mean your elderly parent needs help:
Physical health signs
In addition to mental health, you may notice physical signs too. Here are some of the common initial signs your loved one needs more support:
Daily living signs
When your elderly parent needs help, there may be signs in their home or changes in the way they appear. Ask these questions about their ability to do daily tasks at home and personal care tasks:
Help your elderly parent with the care they deserve
When the answer to these questions is yes, it’s time to find additional support. The AARP says to talk with your loved one’s primary doctor. Often, they may have suggestions to help your parent realize they need more support to care for their well-being. You may also get other trusted loved ones involved. Once you understand your parent’s needs, then you can find the right care for them.
At Monticello West, we provide many options to care for your elderly parent. We help them keep their independence while getting the help they need. We love helping seniors feel supported so they can enjoy life. Contact us today to navigate your options for an elderly parent that needs more care.