“Does my older love one need assistance”, is a question that more and more families are being faced with. This, at its best, is a difficult situation. Professionals suggest that the best way to start is by observing and assessing the aging person. In some instances, it is more obvious as the loved one may be confused or has lost some motor function or is unable to complete daily living activities. The fact that many of these issues take place gradually over time, makes the assessment even more difficult.
Although it may be best to get a professional evaluation of to your loved one’s mental and physical status, there are red flags that you can observe to help determine the answer to the need for assistance. Always keep in mind that there are care services and resources to help, no matter what your older loved one’s status is. One step that can be very positive in dealing with the ordeal, is having both the family and the older adult accept the support in the early stages. The acceptance can lead to greater independence, quality of life, and more often than not, health improves as a result.