Self Care: When your elderly family member can’t keep up with caring for herself as she has in the past, she may worry that this is going to bring changes in her life that she doesn’t want. That can be enough to keep her from sharing what’s happening with you.
She’s Confused about Daily Tasks
Most of the tasks that your senior does on a daily basis are likely to be ones she’s handled on her own many times before. If she’s suddenly more confused about these tasks or if she’s having trouble with any of them, that could be a sign that she needs some more help. It may be time to talk to her about memory issues or about what other things are becoming difficult for her.
She’s Having a Tough Time Keeping up with Her Home
Your elderly family member might have a difficult time keeping up with household tasks for a variety of reasons. She might be depressed or even forget that she needs to keep her home clean and safe. But it’s also possible that health issues, including pain and mobility challenges, are keeping her from being able to take care of these tasks on her own.
She’s Not Able to Drive Any Longer
If she’s avoiding driving, that might be another sign of trouble. Talk to your elderly family member about whether driving is scary for her or if she’s experiencing close calls when she does drive. She may limit her own driving to daytime hours only, for instance, or stop going anywhere at all. This isn’t sustainable, because there are times that she does need to go places.
Self Care: Her Hygiene Habits Have Changed
The trouble with bathing, changing clothes, and other personal care tasks might be issues that your senior can hide for a little while. Eventually, though, you might notice that she doesn’t seem to be bathing or that she’s always wearing new clothes rather than doing laundry. It’s important to dig a little deeper into what’s going on with those issues so that you can offer help where needed.
If you do determine that your elderly family member is having trouble with more and more of her daily life and self care, there are options. Hiring elderly care providers to give her a helping hand makes her life easier and can even help her to get the rest that she needs. It can be empowering for her to have help when she needs it.