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Updated: Jul 12, 2023

The signs to look out for that a loved one might benefit from care at home


The older our kinsfolk get, the more we worry about them – especially when they live alone. And in the majority of cases, home is where they want to stay, even if they aren’t as able bodied as they once were. This is exactly the time when home care services can help. A little help and assistance from a Support Worker can have a huge impact on your loved one’s day-to-day life.

So, when is the right time? It’s not always easy to know when someone needs help, and unfortunately its often left too late, so here are a few signs for you to look out for…

Clutter

Is your loved one struggling to keep on top of their daily chores? Maybe their living space beginning to feel more cluttered and unorganised? A little assistance with household tasks such as vacuuming, dusting, laundry etc, would not only be of help, but have a positive impact on both their physical and mental health.

Weight loss

It may not be uncommon for people to lose a little weight the older they get, but if weight loss is really noticeable, it could be that a relative may be struggling to do their weekly grocery shopping or finding it harder, more labour intensive, to prepare and cook themselves healthy, proper meals. Significant weight loss and poor diet can be detrimental to their overall health and wellbeing. A support worker would be able to assist with shopping and meal preparation, as well as monitor your loved one’s weight and nutrition to help keep them as healthy as possible.

Appearance

Personal hygiene is an obvious sign that an elderly relative may benefit from some help and support at home. May they have become more concerned about showering or bathing alone in case they slip and fall. Changes in appearance – unbrushed hair, not making as much effort to dress as well, not caring about how they look, - can also be a sign that they need could benefit from a little help in order to continue living independently.

Home Sweet Home

Have you noticed that an elderly relative is spending more and more time at home on their own? Maybe they have lost interest in meeting up with friends and family, or maybe hobbies they once relished in have now been neglected in favour of staying home. This can have a huge impact someone’s wellbeing and with loneliness being common among older generations., companionship care can be really beneficial. Someone to pop in, have a tea and chat, to go out for a nice walk, take some gentle exercise, even do a bit of light shopping or attend local clubs and events.

Minor Injuries

Have you noticed that a loved one has started showing more cuts and wounds to their hands? It could be the case that they are struggling to prepare or cook food for themselves. Maybe more bruises are appearing because their mobility isn’t as good as it was previously. General support around the home and kitchen will not only be useful for them, can help keep them safe at home and prevent further injuries.

Pure Heart Homecare

Age affects us all differently, but if you have noticed – or do notice - any of the signs we have mentioned above, then it’s likely that a loved one would benefit from extra some support at home.


All of our support workers are fully trained, and all of our home care services are tailored to meet the exacting needs of each individual client. If you would like to learn more about home support, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our experienced team or visit our website www.purehearthomecare.co.uk for further information.

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