It is not always easy to tell when your father starts to deteriorate in his health. Often the changes are so subtle and occur over time that it is difficult to notice them immediately. You may also not be looking out for the signs very closely. But it is important that you pay attention to when your father may benefit from visiting care, or care in the home.
Visiting care can take many forms, from someone coming in once a day to prepare a meal or do some cleaning, to a carer who spends most of the time at the home and helps with tasks like dressing and bathing.
Here are some of the signs that signify your father may be in need of some home care assistance.
1. He Is No Longer Managing Household Tasks
If your father was previously quite tidy and could feed himself adequate meals but is now letting dishes pile up in the sink and eating only toast, he could be struggling to maintain standards of care. If he previously fixed things around the house but now it is looking rundown and things are not working properly, it could be a sign he is not coping on his own. He may find it difficult to admit that he cannot cope with tasks like cooking and cleaning, but it is important to talk to him about whether he needs any extra help.
2. His Hygiene and Appearance Is Deteriorating
If previously your father had high standards in his dress and appearance, but now doesn’t seem to notice he has food on his shirt and a torn pair of trousers, this is a sign. Your father may be struggling to cope and often one of the first things to slide is hygiene and persona appearance. It can be difficult to broach this as a subject with your father but Home Care services could help him with personal care, which would increase his confidence and benefit his health.
3. He is No Longer Interested in Friends & Hobbies
Your father’s mental state could be causing him to withdraw from activities and people he previously enjoyed. If this is happening, keep a close eye on whether there are other signs of dementia, too. Your father may also be suffering from depression. A carer can help him to physically access locations that may have been difficult if he does not drive, and will also provide companionship and company to build his confidence and ease loneliness.
If you are worried about your father or any other loved one, it is important to acknowledge the fears and have a positive conversation about what they need. Home care can make a huge difference to your life, and their life and health.