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5 Signs it's Time for In-Home Care

Learn some signs that it's time to arrange in-home care. Seniorly invites Megan Heinen to explain when you should start looking for home care.

By Marlena del Hierro · Updated Apr 15, 2022

Megan Heinen from Home Care Assistance shares some expert insight on the process of finding quality in-home care for aging loved ones.

In-home care is a great option for elders who would like to age independently and at home, but still require the type of assistance provided by a trained caregiver. In-home caregivers can help with housekeeping, companionship, and assistance for older adults who may not be able to handle the activities of daily living (eating, dressing, showering, etc.) on their own. In the Seniorly Conversations video, Megan discusses some of the signs that elders may no longer be able to care for themselves at home. Read on to learn more: 

Top 5 signs that a senior needs extra care:

  1. Increasing forgetfulness (could be a sign of Alzheimer’s/Dementia)
  2. Messy Home (basic housekeeping is too difficult)
  3. Poor Hygiene (could be a sign of cognitive impairment or mobility issues)
  4. Social Isolation (often a sign of declining conditions or mental health concerns)
  5. Falls & Injuries (due to risk factors in the home, loss of mobility)

It's wise to start the conversation early to prevent any health or safety issues that may arise as your loved ones age. If you are working as the primary caregiver for your aging relatives, an in-home caregiver can step in to allow you some well-deserved time off, whether it's for a week or just a day here and there as needed.






Hi, I'm Megan Heinen, and I represent Home Care Assistance, California's leading provider of in-home care for seniors. We've helped thousands of families help their aging loved ones maintain optimal health, happiness, and independence where the majority of seniors have indicated they prefer to live at home. We do this by providing the industry's most thoroughly trained, experienced, and skilled caregivers to help older adults live well at home, affording their loved ones total peace of mind.

If you have a senior loved one that lives at home, you should be aware of some of the main signs that they need additional support in the form of home care services. Today I'm sharing with you the top five signs that we found indicate that an aging adult might need some extra care.

Sign #1: Memory Loss

Sign number one, increasing forgetfulness. Forgetfulness is a normal part of the aging process, but it could also be a sign of Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. If mom or dad is frequently losing their keys or missing appointments, take note because an in-home caregiver might be able to help them maintain their independence and prevent a potential safety hazard. They can also let you know if your loved one’s cognitive impairments have reached a point that they need more specialized care available in a memory care community.

Sign #2: Problems with Home Upkeep

Sign number two, a messy home. You may have noticed that your loved one isn't maintaining their home like they used to, which could be a sign that basic housekeeping is proving too difficult for them. Your loved one might also be neglecting foods within the refrigerator and letting them go expired or other health risks in the kitchen. In-home care services can provide basic housekeeping and meal preparation to help your loved one maintain their independence and their healthy lifestyle.

Sign #3: Lack of Self Care

Sign number three, poor personal hygiene. You may have noticed that mom isn't taking care of herself anymore or dad hasn't brushed his teeth in a couple of days. Poor hygiene can be a sign of mild cognitive impairment or other challenges, including mobility issues or coordination. A large part of caregiver duties, both in-home and at an assisted living facility, revolves around helping your senior loved one with personal care and hygiene.

Sign #4: Lack of Community

Sign number four, social isolation. You may have noticed that dad isn't leaving the house to go on walks, keep up with his friends, or maintain his hobbies. Social isolation can have many causes, but often seniors are afraid to admit that their declining conditions are getting too challenging. Also, older adults might feel uncomfortable driving, and it's just too difficult to leave their homes. A caregiver can help with companionship to keep the senior loved one engaged and also transportation to activities for seniors to get them out of the house.

Sign #5: Limited Physical Mobility

Now for our last sign, sign number five, falls and injuries. One of the main goals of home care is to keep your loved ones safe. You may have noticed that dad is showing discoloration or bruising or other signs that he may be falling, even though he won't admit it. Frequent falling can indicate that a senior loved one is having difficulty just getting around on his or her own. A caregiver can provide basic mobility support to help keep your loved ones safe.

Many seniors prefer to age at home, so we recommend you start the conversation about care needs with your loved one early to extend their independent years and prevent any health or safety issues that might arise. If you've noticed any of the signs that I've just gone over, consider hiring a caregiver on an hourly basis to see if your loved one benefits from the extra assistance. 

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written by:
Marlena del Hierro
Marlena del Hierro, Gerontologist & Partnerships Manager at Seniorly
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