Often, there are early signs that one may be in need of assistance in the home or the primary caregiver is experiencing “caregiver burnout”. Learning to recognize the following signs can be very helpful in making that decision.
- Feelings of being confused, stressed, lonely depressed or forgetful.
- A decrease in enthusiasm for hobbies and social activities.
- Forgetful about keeping appointments or taking medications.
- Excess fatigue and or increased sleep time.
- Weight loss due to improper diet or even missing meals.
- Unstable when walking or frequent falls.
- Experiencing difficulties with ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living) such as bathing, dressing, toileting, or eating.
- Decrease in personal hygiene.
- Frequent mood swings.
- Difficulty in concentration.
- Decreased mobility.
For the caregiver
- Feeling run down or exhausted due to sleep loss.
- No time for yourself to do the things you enjoy.
- Skipping personal appointments due to feelings of guilt.
- Neglecting yourself, employment responsibilities or other family members as a result of feeling that your role as a caregiver has disrupted your routine.
- Increased difficulty with what were simple daily tasks.
If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms, please contact A Life at Home-Home Health Care today to schedule a no cost, no obligation in-home assessment / consultation. We are here to help.