How to know if your older loved one needs help

Sight –Looking at the senior’s appearance can show that they are limited physically or mentally and not completing daily tasks. Watch for clothes with stains, poor personal hygiene and a disorganized or dirty house.

Sound –Listening to what and how seniors speak can tell you a lot about their current mental status.  You should not assume that “old age” is causing these problems. Do they call you by name?  Are they speaking normally? Are they staying involved in outside activities?

Smell – Using your nose as an indicator to determine if your relative is bathing properly, cleaning their house or have spoiled food in their kitchen.

Taste – Tasting their food and sorting through their medications can help you determine if they are eating healthy or taking expired medications.  Look at expiration dates and for fresh and stocked pantry items.

Touch – A simple hug can tell you if your family member is fragile or losing weight.  Is their skin soft and the color normal?  Do they have any bruising or tearing of the skin?

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