THE ONCE TIDY HOUSE NOW LOOKS DIRTY
As difficulty in doing typical house tasks increases, dirt and clutter start to become commonplace. Keep in mind that their eyesight might also be failing, meaning they might be failing to clean some spots simply because they cannot see the dirt. Over time, things can accumulate on the floor, causing tripping hazards. These items could knock them down as they walk around the house and cause them harm.
UNPAID BILLS ARE PILING UP
If your parents have a considerable pile of unpaid bills, find out why. It could be that they are struggling to meet all their expenses, but don't want to tell you. It could also be a sign that they are suffering early Dementia and have lost track of what bills need to be paid and when. Furthermore, it is possible that the unpaid bills are part of the general disorganization that their life might be becoming.
If you've notices a change in your loved one's hygiene habits, it could be a sign they need care giving assistance. They may be overwhelmed by getting in the shower and afraid to slip and fall or they may just simply be forgetting their proper hygiene routine.
THEY HAVE CHANGED THEIR EATING HABITS
If you were used to finding fresh meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables every time you visited your parents, it should worry you if you don't find the quantity and quality of foods you're used to seeing. Take a look at their refrigerator. What do they have there? Can you find any fresh vegetables or fruit? If they have also lost considerable weight, consider taking action.
NO LONGER SAFE TO DRIVE
Driving is one of our greatest expressions of independence, but for many older adults there comes a time when age-related conditions make it impossible to drive safely Asking your loved one to give up the car keys can be difficult, but having a caregiver available a few days a week to help with errands and get to appointments and social events can ease the transition. Some older adults even enjoy it when others take the wheel and feel relieved that they no longer need to drive to get where they need to go.
SHOWING SIGNS OF DEPRESSION AND LONELINESS
Perhaps you've notices your loved one not wanting to get out of bed or missing outings with their friends and family. These may all be warning signs of depression that will need to be treated by a health care professional.
THEY ARE SKIPPING TAKING THEIR MEDICATION
As their bodies become more and more frail, older people's need to take medication increases. However, you may find that your parents have been skipping taking their doses as advised by their doctor. You may also find they are taking more per dose than stipulated in the prescription. Missing doses could affect their health and taking more medication than the doctor's recommended could have catastrophic outcomes. Set up pill boxes from them weekly so they know what they need to take each day.