Watch out for signs that accounts have been left unpaid, medication has been missed or taken incorrectly or that your parent gets lost or becomes disorientated easily.
Lack of fresh food
Check the fridge. Is there old food in there that hasn’t been thrown away? A distinct lack of any fresh fruit, vegetables and meat could indicate that shopping and eating healthily has become a burden.
Changes in hygiene
As mobility decreases your loved one may find it challenging to maintain personal hygiene. Look out for dishevelled or inappropriate clothing, unbrushed hair or teeth or any unpleasant odours.
You may notice that clutter is piling up, laundry and dishes are left unwashed and general upkeep around the house has not been done.
Unusual bruising, scratches and burns could also point to your elderly parent having trouble with caring for themselves properly.
Remain sensitive to your parents’ sense of independence and dignity when broaching the topic of elderly care; choose the time to bring it up wisely and gently point out the reasons why you feel they may need extra help in the home.