Understanding the Signs that an Aging Parent Needs Help

The festive season is a beautiful time that brings families together. If this year you have noticed some signs that your aging parent or relative may need some extra help to ensure their continued safety and well-being, it is important to seek help early. 

Some signs of self-neglect include:

  •  Unkempt appearance
  • Neglecting household maintenance & housekeeping
  • Hoarding
  • Weight loss
  • Failure to take essential medications (accumulation of untaken medication) 
  • Refusal to seek medical treatment for illness
  • Poor hygiene
  • Not wearing suitable clothing for the weather
  • Confusion
  • Dehydration

Positive aging in place means that older people have the tools to help them live at home independently for as long as possible. Most people want this and should have every opportunity to do so. Afterall home is where the heart is.

Sometimes help can be as simple as needing new glasses or a new prescription. But other times it may mean making healthcare decisions that are a little more complex, and that’s where Mounties Care comes in.  

We have registered nurses that simply care about the health needs of our members and the families that look after them. We understand every person is different and develop individual care programs to suit people’s unique circumstances. We have in-home services from pool maintenance to roof cleaning, cooking, and shopping to full respite care.

If you have a concern about a loved one, do something about it and do it early – it may mean the difference between a little help here and there and full-time care required after a severe illness or healthcare crisis. 

Our nurses can be contacted on (02) 9165 0838 and are available Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm.

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