As your loved ones become older, they will become less able to do things which means they will likely, at some point, need some help or support around the home. But how do you tell if they’re coping or not? Here are some things to look out for:
Is your loved one having difficulty walking, getting up and down stairs or out and about? This might be a sign they’re starting to struggle and could indicate they’re having problems getting out of bed in the morning or having a wash.
Is your loved one still driving their car and is it safe for them to do so? If they’ve had to give up driving, or will need to soon, this is likely to have implications on their lifestyle – are they still able to get their food shopping? Visit friends? Get to their appointments?
These could all be signs that your loved one needs some help or support around the house and doing day-to-day tasks. You might want to consider adaptions to the house which can improve mobility. Or support to do online food shopping can help ease the burden of having to physically visit the shop and carry shopping home. Also, there is a range of community support that could help ensure your loved one gets out and about.
Are the bills being paid on time, are they keeping lots more cash around the house or are they giving away money more than they normally would? This could indicate problems with memory and could be a sign they need some help to manage their finances each month.
Is their prescribed medication being taken correctly and are they sticking to their schedule? If they’re forgetting or routinely not taking medication, this could be a sign something is up. Pill organisers and reminders can help a loved one stay on track with their medication.
Our app, YooToo, can also send reminders to our loved one on their phone or tablet, prompting them to take the medication. If they don't advise they've taken it, the app can send you an alert to let you know.
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Socialising is important for everyone, especially for those that are living alone so they don’t become isolated or lonely. Is your loved one still able to do all the things they love doing? Are they still able to visit friends and family?
If they’re becoming less able, take a look at what support might be available in your local community.
Is your loved one still cooking and eating the food they always have? If they’re missing meals or opting for ‘quick eats’ like a sandwich, when they wouldn’t normally, this might be a sign they’re not as able as they used to be. They might not be able to cook their own meals or do the food shop or both. Online food shops, home-made frozen meals or a mealtime visit from a relative might help your loved one.
How’s your loved one’s general appearance? Their clothes? Their hair? A decline in hygiene might mean they’re struggling to wash, have an illness or injury (like arthritis) or starting to become forgetful. Organising a doctor's appointment might help give you an insight into what’s happened and home adaptions might make it easier for your loved one to get in/out of the shower.
Have you noticed other signs that your loved one isn’t coping well at home? Do you have suggestions about what might help? Comment below and share your own advice and wisdom.
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YooToo could help with some of these signs that your loved one isn’t coping by providing a space for your friends and family to communicate and coordinate support and care. For example, medication reminders can be sent to your loved one’s phone, tasks can be added to remind people to do things (like pay bills or pick up a food shop when they’re visiting your loved one) and doctor’s appointments, and updates, can be added so everyone is kept in the loop.
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