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Elderly Care in Eastern Cuyahoga County: Why Clutter is a Sign It's Time for a Caregiver

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Admitting that you need help can be hard to do at any age, but that's particularly true for seniors in Ohio who may suddenly be struggling to live independently. That's why it often falls to family members to look for signs that their loved one might need a caregiver to remain safely in their home. If you've noticed clutter building up at your mom's house when she's usually so neat, she could use the help of an elderly care professional from Visiting Angels® Cleveland in Eastern Cuyahoga County.

Why Clutter Might Matter for Your Loved One

The presence of clutter doesn't just mean that your loved one has gotten more lax about housekeeping. In some cases, it can indicate one or more of the following issues that are common among seniors:

  • Mobility issues - Whether the dishes are piling up because your parent has arthritis pain in their fingers, or the leaves out front haven't been raked because they're not as comfortable walking on slick leaves and grass, clutter could mean that they're dealing with new physical limitations. 
  • Loss of memory - A garbage bag sitting by the back door for days could be a sign indicating that your mom or dad is losing track of the tasks they used to take care of regularly. If you notice that your parent seems forgetful or less able to keep up in a conversation, they may be developing Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia.
  • Depression - Depression is a widespread issue among seniors, many of whom may feel isolated, adrift, or bored due to the major shifts at this stage in life. Clutter could be a sign that your loved one is feeling less motivated and more withdrawn, and that they may be at risk.

In addition to these issues, clutter can also make your loved one's home more dangerous to move around. Falls are a leading cause of hospitalization for seniors, so it's important that your mom or dad gets the help they need to keep their home clutter-free.

Where to Find Elderly Care in Eastern Cuyahoga County 

Visiting Angels Cleveland offers in-home elderly care services, also referred to as assistance with activities of daily living, throughout Eastern Cuyahoga County including the following areas:

  • Beachwood
  • Bedford
  • Bedford Heights
  • Cleveland Heights
  • Highland Heights
  • Lyndhurst
  • Mayfield Heights
  • Mayfield Village
  • Pepper Pike
  • Richmond Heights
  • Shaker Heights
  • University Heights

If you're looking for experienced and compassionate elderly care in Eastern Cuyahoga County, we're here for you and your family. Call Visiting Angels Cleveland today at (216) 231-6400 to book an in-home consultation or learn more about our services, including Alzheimer's and dementia care.

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