5 Signs that Aging Parents are Struggling Living Alone

Posted on December 26, 2022 by shieldsandboris

There are many factors to consider when determining if your aging parents should still live alone. Their happiness, health, and special medical needs should all be considered.

The following tips will help you evaluate whether your parents can safely remain at home independently or if they need more specialized care:

  • Condition of the home - If you visit the house and discover it is in disarray, trash piling up, yard uncut, clutter, spoiled food in the refrigerator, or dishes piling up.
  • Unexplained weight loss - This can be an indicator that something is wrong, especially if they claim not to notice the weight loss and they have not been dieting.
  • Neglecting personal hygeine - If your parents have stopped showering, brushing their teeth, or wearing clean clothes, they may be unable to keep up with their hygiene due to their physical or emotional health declining.
  • Falling - If your aging parent has frequent falls, it could be a sign that they need more assistance to keep them safe.
  • Forgetfulness and confusion - If your parents are seemingly more forgetful and confused when you visit or speak to them, it could indicate that they need more assistance with their daily living activities to keep them healthy and safe.

If you start to notice any of these issues with your aging parents, do not ignore them. Talk to your parents and talk to a professional about the proper care needed.

There are many options available to help them age safely in place.

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