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You’ve started to notice the signs that an aging parent needs help: Dad can’t find his meds, or Mom won’t talk about that mysteriou​s dent on the car, you even happened to stop by the house only to discover a kettle left boiling on the stove. These are universal “something’s not right” signs that remind us — no matter how much we try — we just can’t be there for our aging loved ones all the time. We know every aging experience is different, but do you recognize these signs your aging parent needs help?​

Top Signs Your Aging Parent Needs Help

  • ​Th​​e Missed Medication:​​ Missed doses and medication mistakes (overdosing and running out of pills ​b​efore the next prescription can be​ refilled) c​an lead to very serious medical complications. Older people often take multiple prescriptions for various health conditions, which can be overwhelming without assistance and reminders. ​​​


  • The Mysterious Dent: Look for evidence of parking or speeding tickets, fender-benders, dents and scratches on the senior's car as signs that driving skills may be deteriorating. Decreased ability to see, poor sense of direction, inability to merge into traffic, driving way under the speed limit and slow reaction time is a recipe for disaster with senior driving. ​
  • ​The Missed Doctor’s Appointment: While this can be a symptom of increased forgetfulness, it is often simply a result of not having transportation and not knowing how to access transportation options on their own.
  • The Piling Mail: Seniors can feel overwhelmed by the simple task of reaching the mail box, opening and responding to daily mail, as well as balancing a checkbook, particularly if eye sight is deteriorating or if this was once the responsibility of a now-deceased spouse. This can result in overdue bills, bounced checks, utilities being turned off due to lack of payment and other creditor issues.


  • The Lost Walker: Items and valuables dear to your aging parent become lost. Anyone who has memory problems and is able to walk is at risk for wandering. Be on the lookout for the warning signs of dementia such as returns from regular walks later than usual, difficulty locating familiar places (such as the bathroom or bedroom), or pacing or restless movement.
  • The Piles of Laundry: Changes in housekeeping may occur simply because it is too difficult or tiring. This is especially troubling if a parent used to kee​p the house neat and orderly or if a now-deceased spouse was responsible for these duties. From dirty laundry to dirty dishes, these everyday tasks become too much to handle on their own.


  • The Empty Refrigerator: Seniors who suddenly find themselves alone, who have become lonely over time or are easily overwhelmed by cooking, tend not to eat properly. Their refrigerator may be nearly empty, or packed with spoiled food. An aging person may eat enough calories to get by, but may suffer nutritionally, including increasing cholesterol and lowering vitamin intake. Studies have found that poor diet can increase the risk of dementia in seniors and weaken the immune system.
  • The Torn Shower Curtain: Damage to bathroom fixtures such as shower curtains, loose towel bars or window sills could indicate your parent is using these items as support, a potential danger if they lose their balance.
  • The Unshaven Face: Changes in appearance are the most obvious sign that some assistance is needed. These signs can range from unkempt hair and body odor, to unshaven faces and wearing clothing that is unclean, unchanged for days or inappropriate for the weather. These changes may occur because doing the laundry or getting in an out of the tub has become too physically challenging. Many who live alone also fear slipping and falling in a shower or bathtub with no one to help him or her get up.
  • The Unfinished Garden: Your loved one acts as if they are performing a hobby or chore (such as moving clay pots and soil in the garden), but nothing is accomplished. Asking to go home while already home, trying to fulfill obligations (like going to work), or getting lost in a changed environment could be a warning sign for dementia.

We Offer Home Care Services That Can Help

In-home care focuses on helping seniors with the daily activities of living. These are tasks we all perform each day to stay healthy and engaged with life. For example:  ​

Companionship and Home Helper
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication Reminders
  • Accompany to doctor visits
  • Grocery shopping
  • Laundry and linens
  • Light housekeeping
  • Socializing
Personal Services
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Incontinence Care
  • Mobility Assistance
Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias Care
  • Managing behavioral symptoms
  • Encouraging engagement
  • Assist with activities of daily living
  • Keeping seniors safe
Transitional Care Services
  • Transportation
  • Prescription pick-up
  • Hospital discharge assistance
Hospice Support
  • Supplemental support
  • Respite for family caregivers
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You can’t always be there. But we can.

At Home ​​​Instead Senior Care, we understand the struggle of caring f​or an aging loved one. It’s why we’ll be there to offer everything from individualized help around the house ​to advanced Alzheimer’s care—to keep them safe and ​sound at home, instead of anywhere else.​

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