Auburn, NH Blog

3 Signs Your Loved One Needs Private Duty Care

As your loved one ages, you may be worried about whether they need professional care to live a fulfilling life. Knowing when the right time is to bring someone in is an important question that can be answered differently by each family. In this article, we’re going to discuss some of the physical changes you should look out for that may be clues that your loved one needs professional personal care.

 

Unexplained Bruises

If you spot unexplained bruises, you shouldn’t overlook them. Your loved one might be bumping into certain things and not remembering when and where they bumped into something. A bump could lead to a fall very quickly. Bringing in a professional would provide someone to keep a watchful eye on your loved one in order to make sure that these dangerous falls don’t happen. The CDC reports that one in five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.

 

Weight Loss

Sudden weight loss could be a hint to a variety of different factors. Your loved one may be losing their mobility and may not be able to make meals for themselves. They may also have difficulties with chewing and swallowing. Weight loss could also be a symptom of a hidden, underlying illness. If you witness your loved one losing a noticeable amount of weight, contact their physician and consider hiring a professional to help them with their personal care. A professional would ensure that they’re getting three square meals a day and that their nutrition stays maintained.

 

Unkempt Living Area

A messy living area could also be an indication that they’re losing their mobility, especially if they used to be more attentive with cleaning in the past. Also, they may just be forgetting to do this task. A caregiver could handle these homemaking duties and help them utilize their energy towards activities that they enjoy.

 

These are just a few of the factors that could indicate that your loved one needs personal care. If you believe that your loved one needs a helping hand around the house, contact our Auburn, NH office to learn more about how our private duty care can help them age in place.

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