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Assessing the Need for Help

   

Making the decision to get home care assistance for a loved one can be difficult, but keeping them healthy and safe is always the first priority. To assess their need for help, consider the following changes in:

Behaviors

  • Verbally or physically hostile behaviors
  • Withdrawal or signs of depression
  • Less willing to participate in conversation
  • Denial when asked about changes

Eating habits

  • Difficulty eating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Recent weight loss

Housekeeping

  • Stopped doing normal household chores
  • Piles of unopened mail
  • Dirty dishes in the sink

Mobility

  • Trouble walking or navigating stairs
  • Bruising from bumping into things
  • Recent falls

Personal Grooming

  • Bathing less often
  • Wearing the same clothes over and over; stained clothing
  • Strong mouth odor

Safety Concerns

  • Medications not being taken properly
  • Burn marks on furniture or carpet
  • Stove or coffee pot being left on

Sleeping Habits

  • Insomnia, or
  • Sleeping too much

Any of these changes can be an indication that assistance is needed to remain safely at home.

Contact care4you2 home care services in Toledo at (419) 517-8181 for more information on how we can help!


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