How to Identify when a Loved One Needs Care

Before deciding if your loved one can remain at home with some personal care help, access the needs of your loved one to figure out if hiring a home caregiver is the right type of care. Patients and their family members must look at all options and alternatives, and then look at the costs. Knowing what you’re getting into will help make companion care easier.

Ask yourself and your loved one if they could benefit from companionship, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping and escorts to appointments? What are the transportation needs? Look at the current location and if it’s accessible to public transit. If the home is in a rural area, or suburbia, how long does it take to retrieve food, medical appointments, and other necessities?

Signs a Loved One Needs In-Home Care

  • A recent fall or complaints of dizziness, feeling unsteady on their feet
  • Have limited access to activities or isolated and alone much of the time
  • Weight loss or loss of appetite
  • Increasingly forgetful, confused or anxious
  • A change in personal hygiene, unkempt, and bathes less
  • Has difficulties getting to appointments and running errands
  • Forgets to take their medications, or are they taking multiple medications prescribed by different providers?
  • Has little family and friend support
  • Diagnosed with a chronic illness and has trouble remembering to take medications
  • A recent hospitalization