Putting your hand up to say you need help at home can be hard, which means by the time many people are ready to admit they need care, it is often too late to make an informed decision.
Here are some of the earlier signs that you, or your loved elderly may need a professional aged care service.
We can all forget things but increasing episodes of forgetfulness can indicate that it is time to get some more support. Forgetting regular household tasks like putting the bins out or having trouble remembering to take their medication on time can be signs of cognitive decline that should be checked out by their GP.
- Difficulty in Mobility
Difficulty getting around the house to complete routine tasks or getting up and down the stairs is an indication that it may be time to reach out for assistance. This could take the form of some home modifications or help with cleaning and personal care.
- Clutter and Untidiness
An increase in clutter, particularly for those who have always been houseproud, can be an indication that it is becoming difficult to pick up items and clean the house. Clutter can also be a tripping hazard which can be a problem, particularly for those with limited mobility.
- Sense of Isolation
Some seniors in the early stages of requiring more care may begin to withdraw from social situations and begin to feel more isolated. This could be because of health concerns that leave them feeling more fearful about leaving the house. Getting some home care support can help these people stay connected socially and enjoy outings again.
- Difficulty in Meal Preparation
Relying on heat-up meals or takeaway can be a sign that someone could be struggling with doing the grocery shop or preparing fresh meals. Aged care can put in place the right supports to make preparing nutritious meals easier.
Call A Professional Aged Care
If you recognise some of these signs in either yourself or a loved elderly, it may be time to look into how aged care can help.
If you are worried about your father, mother or any loved elderly who might need help, do feel free to have a conversation about your concerns with OSAN and know how we can help them stay living at home.