When does your parent need help?

It is a hard time when your parent’s health starts to decline. It is often difficult to determine when they need assistance. Here is a list of some of the signs that it might be time to get them some help.

Checklist of signs that you need to watch for:

  • Difficulty walking — unsteady when standing — recent fall(s)
  • Poor grooming / personal hygiene — soiled clothing
  • Loss of appetite — changes in eating/cooking habits
  • Spoiled / outdated food in the fridge — little nutritious food at home
  • Diminished driving skills — recent accidents — near misses
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Reluctance to socialize
  • Difficulty concentrating — poor judgment
  • Memory loss — forgetfulness — confusion
  • Mishandled medications
  • Persistent fatigue — lack of energy
  • Personality changes — irritability — sudden mood changes
  • Unopened mail — past due bills — mishandled finances
  • Poor housekeeping / home maintenance — unsafe conditions

Here is a free checklist download of some more questions to ask your parent.

Home safety checklist – free download.