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How to Recognize the Signs Seniors in Longmont, CO and Surrounding Areas Need Professional In-Home Care Services

If you’re considering professional in-home care services for a senior loved one in Longmont, Boulder, Louisville or the surrounding areas in CO, here’s what you should look out for

Throughout Boulder County, adult children are facing difficult decisions about their parents’ diminished quality of life due to aging. They wonder if their mom or dad is safe and comfortable at home. Acknowledging that your loved one needs help at home is a significant first step. Although, how will you know if they need more support such as professional senior care?

Visiting Angels of Boulder County can help you identify the warning signs that professional in-home care services might be the right solution.

When Should I Consider Professional In-Home Care Services?

If you see sudden changes in your loved one’s appearance, behavior or environment that concern you, it’s time to consider professional elderly care. The signs may be subtle at first and then become more obvious.

When you’re with your loved one, keep an eye out for:

  • Poor personal hygiene or a disheveled appearance
    Is your loved one maintaining their usual level of cleanliness? Look for signs they’re not bathing, brushing their teeth, combing their hair or washing their clothes regularly.
  • A messy, cluttered living space
    A cluttered home can be a sign of physical or cognitive difficulties. Take note if your loved one’s home is messier than usual or their housekeeping routine is slipping.
  • Spoiled food in the refrigerator or little food at all
    Check the fridge and cupboards to see if your loved one has fresh, nutritious food. If the food is expired or the cupboards are bare, they may not be eating regular meals.
  • Unpaid bills and other questionable financial choices
    Is your loved one on top of their finances or are they neglecting essential expenses? Look for unopened bills or unpaid utility bills. Take note if they mention any recent investments, loans or purchases that seem suspect or out of character.
  • Significant changes in their health or mobility
    Can your loved one move around easily? Do they keep up with their treatments and medications for chronic conditions? Look for expired or unopened medications and signs their health is getting worse.
  • Reserved demeanor and limited social life
    Does your loved one seem like themselves? Are they engaging with friends and family? Do they participate in favorite activities? Be honest about their level of socializing.

How Can Visiting Angels of Boulder County Help My Loved One?

Changes in your loved one’s behavior could indicate it’s time to consider professional senior care. However, relocating to an assisted living facility can be stressful, disorienting and disheartening for seniors—most would prefer to remain at home. Instead, get the best of both worlds with in-home care services from Visiting Angels of Boulder County.

Your loved one will get one-on-one support from a friendly, competent care provider who works on their schedule, with their routine. We can assist with meal preparation, medication reminders, errands, social outings and social technology to help maintain their health and happiness, while aging in place at home.

To learn more about in-home care services from Visiting Angels of Boulder County, contact our Longmont, CO office today at 303-848-2331.

Visiting Angels provides personalized in-home senior care services for families in Longmont, Allenspark, Boulder, Eldorado Springs, Erie, Hygiene, Lafayette, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Niwot, Pinecliff, Ward and the surrounding areas of Boulder County, CO.

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