Signs Your Loved One in Southern Maryland Might Need Home Care
Whether you can't get enough of all the family traditions, or you're mostly in it for the food, it's time to welcome another holiday season. As you make all the necessary preparations for your family festivities, stocking up on groceries and gifts, there's one more thing that's worth making time for. If you have an elderly parent living on their own, or another relative who is opting to age in place in Southern Maryland, now is the time to keep your eyes peeled for signs that they could require home care.
Visiting Angels® Southern Maryland has put together a few developments that could warrant a call to a home care provider.
Do You Notice Something Different?
As you spend time with the seniors in your family, pay attention to your gut feeling. Does anything seem off or different about your Grandpa this year? Does the aunt who always wears outrageously festive outfits suddenly look disheveled and drab? If you sense that something is off, it could be because your loved one is adapting to new physical or cognitive difficulties.
Even if you don't notice anything right away about your family member, you may still pick up on minor changes in the way they act over the course of your next get-together. Consider the following factors the next time you see your loved one:
- They seem to get confused or distracted, even during activities and events that your family takes part in every year.
- They appear more isolated and less inclined to join in the conversation or get involved with the holiday preparations.
- They seem more stilted and unsure in their physical movements, and may sometimes use items around the room to support them.
- They're not tidying up after themselves and have let clutter accumulate in different parts of their home (if you visit them where they live).
How a Home Care Provider from Visiting Angels Southern Maryland Can Help
If you see any of these warning signs, or just have a nagging feeling about your loved one's safety and well-being, Visiting Angels Southern Maryland is here to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you have about home care. Our caregivers can offer companionship, assistance with daily activities, and other forms of support to help the seniors in your life feel more secure at home.
Call Visiting Angels Southern Maryland today to get set up with one our home care providers.