How to Know When Your Loved One Needs In-Home Health Care

To help you determine when it’s time to talk to your loved one about home health care options due to declining health and advancing age, here are some signs to watch for:

 

– Your loved one is unable to manage bills and shows signs of growing forgetfulness. Sure, we all forget something at one time or another, but when a person struggles to remember a common word or the name of someone he or she knows extremely well, it may be time to intervene.

 

– Your loved one’s attentiveness to personal hygiene and dressing has declined. Warning signs to watch for include infrequent bathing, unpleasant body odor, the denial of incontinence, a strong smell of urine in the house, dirty and rumpled clothing, forgetting to shave, and unkempt hair and nails.

 

– Your loved one’s interest in friendships, hobbies and outside activities has dwindled, and he or she feels very depressed and lonely. Changes in mood or mood swings may also signal the need for assistance.

 

– Your loved one shows little interest in preparing and eating meals and lacks proper hydration. As people age, they sometimes lose their sense of taste and smell, which makes food less appetizing. However, a loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss is a cause for concern and may signal depression, dementia, or other health problems.

 

– Your loved one is unable to perform routine household chores such as dusting, vacuuming, washing the dishes, doing the laundry and taking out the garbage.

 

– Your loved one has trouble getting up from a seated position and has difficulty with walking, balance and mobility.

 

If you observe one or more of the above changes, give Comfort Health a call today. Our caring professionals can help you determine the services that will be most beneficial for your loved one, and give you peace-of-mind that he or she is receiving the best home health care available in the Rochester, MN, area.

 

For more details on Comfort Health’s extensive programs or compassionate services, call 800-204-2332.

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