As the human body gets on in age, it is important to look out for signs that a little extra help may be required. This is so that you or your loved one can have the best quality of life possible. Allow us at SummerHouse Vista Shores to educate you on when it is time for assisted living arrangements to be made.
Drastic Fluctuations in Weight
Nutrition and food can be key considerations for seniors, especially those suffering from dementia. If you notice your loved one has lost a lot of weight, it might be an indication that they are not eating enough. Keep an eye out in the refrigerator and pantry for huge volumes of uneaten or rotten food. Malnutrition and weight loss are frequently caused by seniors with dementia forgetting to eat.
Personal Hygiene Issues
The look of an aging relative might deteriorate suddenly or gradually over time, causing anxiety among family and friends. A disheveled appearance, unkempt clothing, or clothing that is inappropriate for the weather conditions may be signs of deeper problems. Personal hygiene issues can be a sign of depression caused by the passing of a loved one, loneliness, or deteriorating health. Depression is more frequent in seniors than in the younger population, and poor hygiene is a typical symptom. Dementia can also make it difficult for a person to understand the need for excellent personal hygiene. Simply put, your loved one may forget to brush their teeth, comb their hair, or wash their hands.
A senior adult must be able to bathe oneself on a frequent basis in order to maintain adequate hygiene. Physical limitations can make daily hygiene, such as bathing, difficult. Bathing is often neglected as a result of debilitating pain, paralysis, restricted movement, and nerve damage. Due to age-related changes in physical strength, flexibility, and coordination, they may find bathing challenging. Alternatively, prescription side effects may cause patients to feel sleepy, unsteady, or ill, preventing them from bathing as they normally would.
Falls are the primary reason for emergency room admissions among those over 65 in the United States. Many variables might increase your loved one’s risk of falling as they age. Safety and balance can be harmed by common sensory problems. Drug interactions can cause excessive blood pressure swings, disorientation, and shortness of breath, among other issues. Musculoskeletal diseases, such as arthritic pain, numbness in the feet, reduced muscular strength, and gait irregularities are examples of such hazards.
Malnutrition is a serious problem among seniors who live alone. Nutritional deficiencies can lead to a lack of energy and other chronic health problems. Seniors who no longer drive may find it difficult to travel to the market and transport groceries home, affecting their purchasing decisions. They may choose processed frozen meals high in salt and calories over fresh produce that takes more preparation and cooking time. Cooking for one person may be a chore for some. Due to a diminished sense of smell and taste, many seniors lose their appetite and are more likely to over-season their food.