NJ Senior Care Blog

Is It Time To Seek In-Home Care for Your Aging Parent?


For many us, the decision to seek in-home help for a parent is prompted by a dramatic event, such as a fall or an unexpected illness. For others, however, the decision is made gradually, in response to a series of incidents or small changes in an aging loved one’s behavior.

Are you wondering if it’s time to explore home care options for your loved one? Are you concerned about an aging parent’s well-being when you can’t be there? Here are some signs you should look for when making your decision to seek home care assistance.

Medication Mistakes

Many seniors depend on daily medications to manage chronic conditions and life-threatening illnesses. If your senior parent has a chronic condition that requires medication, it’s important that they remember to take each medicine at the right time, in the right dose each day.

If your parent has displayed forgetfulness in taking their medications, it may be time to seek in-home help for him or her. Essential Personal home care professionals can remind your parent to take their medications each day, setting your mind at ease.

Lack of Home Maintenance and Cleanliness

The vast majority of seniors want to stay in their own homes. In fact, some studies show up to 90 percent of responding seniors have a desire to remain in their homes as they age.

But with age comes declining mobility and stamina, two things that are required to maintain a clean, healthy home environment.

An unclean, cluttered home is not only unsightly. It can also be dangerous. For seniors who have health conditions, living in a dirty space can cause disease flare ups and exacerbate symptoms. For seniors with balance or gait issues, clutter can be a tripping hazard and lead to serious injuries that require hospitalization.

If you’ve noticed your aging loved one’s home looking or smelling unclean, it’s time to have a conversation about in-home assistance. Home care services include light housekeeping and doing laundry, assuring your older parent’s living environment stays clean.

New Dings or Dents in Their Car

If you’ve noticed an uptick in scratches, dents or dings in your senior loved one’s vehicle, they might be struggling to drive efficiently. Vision impairment, mobility issues or decreasing stamina can make it difficult (and dangerous) for seniors to continue driving. Difficulty driving can also lead to expensive and dangerous wrecks.

Being able to drive or procure transportation for oneself is an instrumental activity of daily living. For seniors who can no longer drive or arrange their own transportation, extra in-home care may be necessary—a professional caregiver can drive your loved one.

These are just a few of the important signs it’s time to discuss in-home care for your aging loved one.

If you’re interested in learning more about New Jersey home care in Mercer and Burlington Counties, contact Visiting Angels today.

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