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Our older parents, spouses, and relatives may not always tell us when they need extra help. Whether they’re worried about losing their independence or simply don’t want to worry us, they don’t always ask for the help they need. That’s why we’re here to talk about some of the most common signs that it’s time to talk about hiring some additional help for an elderly loved one.

You’re Noticing Changes in Their Appearance

A change in your loved one’s appearance or personality is one of the earliest red flags for many families. While it’s normal for older adults to take one or two fewer showers than they did in their twenties, a disheveled appearance or noticeable change in their personal hygiene routine could indicate that they need assistance. Similarly, any new unsteadiness in walking or moving around the house could mean that they need a helping hand.

If you notice that they’re losing weight or have an empty fridge or pantry, they may be struggling to get the nutrition they need. Struggling with meals is another sign that an elderly relative needs assistance. An in-home caregiver can help out with cooking and ensure that their clients are getting balanced, healthy meals throughout the day.