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Signs Your Loved One in Eastern Cuyahoga County Might Need Home Care

Provider of home care in Eastern Cuyahoga County with elderly patient

Has it been a while since you’ve checked in on your loved one in Eastern Cuyahoga County? The holidays are a great occasion to spend time with your loved one and assess his or her need for home care. It’s important to remember that seniors don’t always ask for help. Feelings of shame and fear regarding lost independence can cause them to refrain from reaching out at crucial times. Paying attention to changes in your loved one’s behavior and living conditions can help you spot problems before they flare up. If you decide that your loved one could benefit from the assistance of a care provider, Visiting Angels® Cleveland can help. Our home care services are available throughout Eastern Cuyahoga County, including Beachwood, Bratenahl, Cleveland Heights, Mayfield, Highland Heights, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, Orange, University Heights, and other nearby communities.

Checking in on Your Loved One in Eastern Cuyahoga County

Keep an eye out for the following red flags as you consider bringing up the idea of home care with your loved one:

  • A decline in personal hygiene. If you notice unpleasant body odor around your loved one or a strong smell of urine in their home, they may be having difficulty maintaining good hygiene habits and completing personal care tasks.
  • Mental and emotional changes. Forgetfulness, missed appointments or medication dosages, and a lack of good judgment can all indicate problems that need to be addressed. Mental changes like these may even signal serious conditions like Alzheimer's or another type of dementia.
  • Neglected chores. Extreme clutter and piled up dishes and dirty laundry are warning signs that your loved one can no longer manage important chores without a helping hand. It’s also significant to note that clutter and debris throughout the house can increase a senior’s risk for a dangerous fall-related injury.
  • Physical difficulties. Bodily bruises and new wear and tear on furniture or walls may suggest mobility issues that can impact your loved one’s ability to move around without support.

If you think your loved one could benefit from the support of an in-home caregiver, or if you would like the opinion of a subject matter expert, contact Visiting Angels Cleveland today at (216) 231-6400. We’ll help you set up a free home care consultation in the Eastern Cuyahoga County area, including the communities of Beachwood, Bratenahl, Cleveland Heights, Mayfield, Highland Heights, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, Orange, University Heights. 

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