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Signs that Dad May Need In-Home Help


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Suggestions from the Caring Team at Home Instead

It is often hard to have discussions with your elderly loved one about needed changes in their lifestyle. For example, if your mother needs to hang up her car keys, she may feel the sting of losing her independence. Another example could include Dad letting the neighbourhood boy mow his lawn instead of getting out in the heat with his COPD and chancing a heart attack. In either case, you can be put in a precarious situation when you sit down to talk with them. They may give you excuses, or, worse, get angry with you. You may have to pick your battles wisely; however, you should keep your eye out for sure signs that Dad needs home health services.

Stay aware of the signs that Dad needs more help. Once you notice he needs assistance, reach out for the support of a caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care. We understand your Dad’s need for independence, and we strive to encourage them with home care services like household duties, meal preparation, personal care, and companionship.

4  Signs Your Dad Needs More Help to Stay in His Home

While you want Dad to live in his house for as long as possible, you know there will come a time when he cannot do it alone. Look for these signs and then have that talk with him:

  • You notice sudden weight loss or gain: Some seniors will lose quite a bit of weight when they suffer from the first symptoms of dementia, ALS, or had a mild stroke. If Dad’s clothes look incredibly loose, it may be because he forgets to eat. On the flip side, if he has gained quite a bit of weight, he may be forgetting that he has already eaten and then eats again.
  • His personal hygiene is suffering: Has your normally fastidious father started looking unkempt and emitting body odour? Does he sport three-day-old stubble every day? He may be skipping routine tasks in caring for his personal hygiene.
  • His house has become a mess: If Dad has always been a bit on the messy side, then you may not notice this. For those parents that are typically very careful about how their home looks, an untidy and dirty home may be an inclination there is a bigger problem than home care can stem.
  • You are overwhelmed and exhausted: Juggling a full-time job, family, and a senior parent can quickly escalate your stress levels. If you need help to care for your dad, you may benefit from professional assistance provided by an in-home caregiver.

Keep Dad Home with Assistance of a Home Instead Caregiver

Ensure your father can stay in his home for as long as possible when you hire a compassionate personal support worker from Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga. We stand ready to give you or your dad the help he needs to remain independent. We work with you and your family to establish a custom-designed schedule of services that benefits all.

Call us at (905) 276-2273 to schedule a no-obligation, in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in our Mississauga area.

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