22 Common Signs Your Loved One Needs Additional Help

22 Common Signs Your Loved One Needs Additional Help

Stepping in when an elder needs care is difficult. Below are 22 common signs to recognize when an aging loved one needs additional help. Whether the change is sudden or gradual, there are certain signs you can look for that indicate when your loved one is having trouble attending to their own needs.


  • Fluctuating bull & weight; Balance Issues
  • Poor hygiene
  • Sleeping too much or too small
  • Unexplained burns or bruises

Home environment

  • Unkempt yard
  • Unusual carpet stains
  • Excessive clutter (newspapers, piles of junk mail)
  • Unusual odors (urine, garbage)
  • Not enough food in the home
  • Failure to turn off stove or warm water after use


  • Mood swings
  • Abusive behavior; outbursts
  • Insufficient motivation
  • Uncharacteristically anti-social behavior


  • Confusion
  • Loss of memory
  • Repetition
  • Hallucinations


  • Dents/scratches on the Automobile
  • Unfilled or untaken prescriptions
  • Unpaid invoices

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