Signs Someone Might Need Care

Isolation/Depression

  • Are you or your loved one isolated from social contact?
  • Are your or a loved one’s sleeping habits, eating habits or activity levels changing?

Daily Activities/Eating Habits

  • Are you or your loved one having a difficult time walking, dressing or eating?

Bruises/Falls

  • Has there been an increased susceptibility to falling and bruising?

Cognitive Ability

  • Is your or your loved one’s mental reasoning ability at a level where personal safety and the safety of others is at risk?

Increasing Medical Needs

  • Do you or a loved one need medical care that is hard to provide on your own?
  • Do medications need to be increased?
  • Do you or your loved one need help taking medications?
  • Do you or your loved one use medical equipment like an oxygen tank or need daily or weekly treatments like dialysis?
  • Is rehabilitative care needed, such as after a surgery or injury?

Caregiver Burnout

  • Is a family caregiver exhausted due to the amount of care you or your loved one needs?

Medication Errors/Missed Doctor’s Appointments

  • Are your or your loved one’s medications being mixed one, or not taken at all?
  • Are doctor’s appointments being missed?

Household Management

  • Can you or your loved one still manage to run a household, such as keeping a checkbook or paying bills?
  • Is there a dramatic change in how the house is kept?

If you’ve answered yes to many of these questions, it’s probably time to talk about getting assistance.