How do you know if it is time for help at home or an increased level of care?

Look for these red flags as common indicators that a senior may need some form of assistance.

1. Difficulty Performing Routine Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s). This includes:

  • Bathing.
  • Dressing and grooming.
  • Toileting.
  • Continence.
  • Transferring or moving from place to place (e.g., moving from the bed to a chair).
  • Eating.

2. Difficulty Performing Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL’s). This includes:

  • Ability to Use Telephone.
  • Shopping.
  • Food Preparation.
  • Housekeeping.
  • Laundry.
  • Mode of Transportation.
  • Responsibility for Own Medication.
  • Ability to Handle Finance.

3. Exhibiting Symptoms of Depression. This includes:

  • Dissatisfaction with life.
  • Withdrawal from activities or interests.
  • Excessive boredom.
  • Feeling helpless/hopeless.
  • Mood related lethargy or lack of energy.

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