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Signs Your Senior’s Dream Life No Longer Works – Family Caregiver Tip

Signs Your Senior’s Dream Life No Longer Works – Family Caregiver Tip

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Family caregivers make promises they will care for senior loved ones at home.

Caregivers know they want to age in place and live the rest of their years in the home of their dreams.

Sometimes this desire or dream turns into an unachievable reality, as their personal health needs and safety become more than family caregivers can provide.

Caregivers want what is best for their senior loved ones and sometimes this may mean not following their wishes to stay at home.

How will you know when this line is crossed and seniors shouldn’t be living alone anymore?

Signs A Change Should Come

There are clues family caregivers can observe in their senior loved one that will indicate there may need to be a change for their well-being.

Here are a few signs that should point you to investigate further:

  1. Poor hygiene, lack of showering, wearing same clothes for days
  2. Spoiled food in refrigerator and pantry
  3. Missing appointments
  4. Unpaid bills, inability to balance their checkbook
  5. Clutter in house that makes it unsafe
  6. Balance difficulty; increasing falls
  7. Weight loss
  8. Mood changes
  9. Medication administration problems; missing doses; taking wrong amount or at the wrong time
  10. Driving problems; tickets, accidents, car damage

Exhibiting these signs does not automatically mean it is time to load up the car and move to a senior living facility. There are often options for interventions family caregivers can put into practice to allow them to stay home a little longer.

Home care, sitters, companions, and technology are strategies that can be employed in the home to meet their needs for health and safety.

But planning for the next step should begin in order to be ready should it be best for your senior.

  • Where would they want to go?
  • Is there a facility near family?
  • Have you begun visiting any locations?
  • Is there money budgeted or benefits available to pay the fees?

Planning is important and these warning signs should yield further action for the future.

Additional Resources

Knowing if and when it is time to transition your senior loved one, whether in the home or in a facility, is one of many concerns for family caregivers.

Here are more informational articles that you might find helpful on your caregiving journey.




4 Responses to Signs Your Senior’s Dream Life No Longer Works – Family Caregiver Tip

  1. Hi Kathy! Thanks for sharing. I absolutely love the blog. In my opinion mood swings and poor hygiene are the two biggest red flags which indicate changes should be made in a senior`s life. Family interventions can help seniors but may also make them angry. Meeting a care manager can help seniors in choosing a better plan for their promising future.
    Family caregivers should interact more with their loved one for sorting out his or her life issues. Sometimes all seniors need is love and affection from family and friends.

    • Thanks Amy, we are glad you found it informative. Communication and planning are key components to successful aging in place for seniors and caregivers.

  2. This is a very useful blog for all – whether someone is giving care or seeing this situation with their loved ones. The points mentioned are the easiest and best way to figure out if someone needs professional care-giving. It’s always a great idea to have a plan in place if or when your loved one needs to move into an assisted living facility.

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