5 Signs Your Aging Parent Needs an Elder Care Aide

5 Signs Your Aging Parent Needs an Elder Care Aide
When an aging adult can no longer complete some of the basic tasks of daily living or it becomes every dangerous for them to do so, it is time for an elder care assistant. Elder care is when a trained, professional geriatric assistant comes to the home to help out. Duties range from light housekeeping and meal prep to grooming and hygiene help. It’s the perfect solution for seniors that need help at home but are not ready for a long-term care facility. 

There are many signs that an elderly parent may be in need of an elder care aide. Sometimes, seniors are not very forthcoming about the challenges they face because they fear change or the loss of independence. Family caregivers need to take a critical look at the way their aging mom or dad is really living in their home and see if the signs point to the need for an elder care aide.

Here are 5 signs that an aging parent may need an elder care aide:

1. Decline in Grooming and Hygiene

Seniors with age-related injuries or illnesses that prohibit flexibility and movement may find it difficult to take care of their bodies. Showering and bathing can become big obstacles to those that are not steady on their feet or who have poor balance. Reaching up and down and around to dress, style hair, shave and more may be beyond an elderly person’s capability. Even things like gripping a toothbrush or buttoning a shirt can be difficult.

2. Minor Injuries and Accidents

Balance and mobility can also mean an increase in injuries and accidents. Slip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of injuries for the elderly. Bumps, bruises, cuts and broken household items can also provide clues that a senior is struggling.

3. Memory and Mood Issues

Sometimes elderly adults in mild to medium stages of dementia or early Alzheimer’s disease have a hard time keeping track of time, forgetting to take medicines or missing appointments. In some cases, they experience uncertainty or confusion during routine tasks. Irritability and defensiveness may also increase.

4. Household Problems

Home issues may be the easiest outward sign that an elderly adult needs a helping hand. The senior may have a hard time keeping up with dirty dishes, laundry, cooking, housework and grocery shopping. Family caregivers can also look for stains or marks on furniture, floors and walls that signal problems.

5. Transportation

Many seniors reach the point where it is no longer safe for them to be behind the wheel. If they are late to appointments, experience many close calls in traffic or their car has a number of new dents and dings, they could be having problems with driving themselves. Poor vision and reduced hearing ability can also influence driving.

If an elderly adult seems to be struggling with one or more of these categories, there’s a good chance there are other warning signs that are not as obvious.  With an honest assessment about their elderly relative’s true living conditions, family members can take steps to start the process of arranging for an elder care aide.



If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Cottonwood Heights, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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