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How to Tell When a Senior Needs Care and Assistance

How to Tell When a Senior Needs Care and Assistance

Sometimes it’s easy to know when a senior family member needs care and assistance.  For instance, maybe he or she has a major disability or requires additional help following a hospital stay. In other cases, however, it isn’t immediately obvious that a senior is in need of care.

Families need guidance, and should follow a careful assessment of their senior’s needs in making a decision about whether to provide extra care and assistance.

Below is a list of questions to consider when determining if a loved one is in need of additional care or assistance:

  • Pay Attention to How They Look– Looking at the senior’s appearance can be a sign that they are being limited either physically or mentally from completing otherwise normal daily tasks.
    • Are they wearing dirty or stained clothing?
    • Have they brushed their teeth?
    • Is their hair combed?
    • Do they seem unsteady or have had minor falls?
    • Do they appear to have lost weight?
  • Listen to the Senior– Listening to what and how seniors speak can tell a lot about their current mental status. Don’t assume that “old age” is causing these problems; doing so can sometimes lead to further deterioration in their mental state.
    • Are they up on current events? 
    • Do they talk about future plans or goals?
    • Have they forgotten to refill prescriptions or take their medicine?
    • Have they missed doctor’s appointments?
  • View the Senior’s Surroundings– Looking at their food and sorting through their medications can help family members determine if seniors are eating healthy or even worse, taking expired medicine.
    • Is there an unusual amount of garbage, clutter, dust, or dirt?
    • Do they have fresh and stocked pantry items?
    • Are there piles of unopened bills?
    • Has their housekeeping declined, i.e. dirty floors, windows or bathtubs
  • Using the Nose– Using the nose as an indicator can help family members determine if their loved one is bathing properly, participating in otherwise normal activities or whether or not they are eating regularly.
    • Does their living environment possess any unpleasant odors? 
    • Does the refrigerator or cupboard smell? 
    • Are they bathing regularly?
    • Do they have expired or rotten food in the refrigerator?

If sensing a problem based on the above indicators, family members should waste no time in taking the appropriate next steps. As difficult as the process might be, family members should remember that by being proactive they will not only provide safety for their loved one, but will also keep them happy and healthy for years to come.


Associated Home Services, Inc., through teamwork, vision and experience will become a leader in providing quality medical alarms and medication management solutions.  Our commitment to our customers will allow them a resource that is dedicated to quality, reliability and first class monitoring services and products.  Our people will be active participants with unwavering dedication towards the elderly and disabled in our society.


Protect Your Home

Protect Your Home by taking basic security precautions, seniors can protect themselves in their homes.

  • Never open the door to your home during the day, or the evening if you don’t know the person at your door. Install and use a peephole.
  • Don’t leave your house unlocked or garage doors open during the day while doing outside projects.
  • Get to know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers in case of an emergency.

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Preventing Falls at Home

Preventing Falls at Home is the most recent series of educational pamphlets designed by Personal Alert Link (PAL) to assist your patients with making their home safer.

The following are a few of the hazards the pamphlet addresses.

  • Floors
    Q: Do you have throw rugs?
    A: Remove the rugs or use double sided tape or
    a non-slip backing so the rug won’t slip.
  • Bedrooms
    Q: Is the light near the bed hard to reach?
    A: Place a lamp close to the bed where it
    is easy to reach.
  • Kitchen
    Q: Are things you use often on high shelves?
    A: Keep things you use often on lower shelves.
  • Stairs & Steps
     Q: Are there papers, shoes, books or other
    objects on the stairs?
    A: Always keep objects off of the stairs.
  • Bathrooms
     Q: Is the tub or shower floor slippery?
    A: Place a non-slip rubber mat or self-stick
    strips on the floor of the tub or shower.

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