Signs that an elderly parent needs more care at

August 29th, 2019

An overall decline in physical and mental vitality may result in visible and even drastic changes to our parents’ appearance, the standard of life and emotional well-being. It’s important for families and caregivers to keep a watchful eye on the people in their care, especially the seniors.

Here is a list that adult children and caregivers can use to observe the changes in their parents’ behaviour and personal care.

Behavioural changes

  • Irritable (gets upset easily)
  • Angry (loses temper)
  • Sad (tearful)
  • Withdrawn (does not want to talk)
  • Confused (does not understand what is happening)
  • Memory loss (forgets or repeats conversations, medications unfilled or not being taken)

Changes in activities of daily living

  • Difficulty moving (getting out of a chair, walking across the room)
  • Difficulty getting in and out of the bath tub
  • Difficulty getting to the toilet
  • Problems preparing meals
  • Dirty and cluttered house (food expired, laundry piling up, neglected home repairs)

These changes may affect the quality of living and make them more dependent. We, as responsible adult children, must be alert and always try to have a conversation with them about how they are feeling and discuss ways you can assist them, as our seniors may be reluctant to ask for help.

As a person’s need for care and support increases, it’s only natural for their caregiver to feel exhausted and emotionally drained as they try to meet their needs. At My Aged Care, we can favour you with the day to day tasks of care-giving which helps you to focus on other important matters like spending quality time with the person in your care, your family, or focus on your own needs.

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