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Adult caregivers struggle with deter- mining if their parent is fit to remain living alone. Forgetfulness, clutter, and personal hygiene are causes for concern. Peace
of mind is something that the adult child searches for as they decide to start the con- versation with their parent about new living options.
Clutter is piling up. Your parent may actually have an active social life or their physical health is slowing them down. Ask your parent if help is needed with the clutter.
The bills and other mail are piling up.
Your older parent could be getting over- whelmed and not able to manage their daily affairs. This may also indicate some signs of forgetfulness and memory issues.
The checking account balance is wrong and bills are going unpaid. These are signs that your parent is having memory issues or difficulty with simple math cognition. It can also indicate a general apathy.
Your parent is losing a lot of weight. A parent who may have lost their partner or who is generally depressed often loses interest in eating due to a reduced appetite. Check their refrigerator and pantry. At the very least, you may want to think about bringing groceries by or looking into a
service that offers prepared meal delivery.
They have neglected the basics of hygiene. Wearing the same clothing day
in and day out or having a regular lack of cleanliness could indicate a loss of moti- vation or ability and/or forethought to look after them self. They may no longer care, or have forgotten, that such personal hygiene and cleanliness is an important part of daily living and maintaining one’s good health.
They appear in inappropriate clothing
such as summer clothing in the dead of winter or leaving the house in a nightgown and slippers for a trip to the store. This may indicate confusion or the loss of discretion in social situations.
Your parent regularly misses ap- pointments and other important items. Forgetfulness, absentmindedness and memo- ry issues may show up when it comes to keeping certain appointments, recognizing key dates, or, even more importantly, main- taining medication dosages on schedule.
They are just acting plain unusual.
This is always the sign that families dread the most. Unfortunately, between aging, mental degradation and the side effects from medication, you may note that your parent’s behavior has taken an odd turn for
the worse. If you see signs of paranoia, fear, strange phone calls, and conversations and nervousness, this should not be overlooked, as it’s a blatant sign that living assistance is in order.
They exhibit signs of depression. There are a number of classic signs that can be connected with someone suffering depres- sion. A loss of interest in caring for one’s self as well as a lack of participation in socialization and in once-loved hobbies can mean that your parent needs treatment or should reside in an environment where they can be around other people. Sometimes, depression comes from a sense of loneliness or the realization that they can no longer do things for themselves. A facility that offers assistance, socialization, and activities can help cure the loneliness and put them back on track to a more fulfilling, active, and engaged life.
If any of the above signs become promi- nent it is time to seek additional assistance, either in the home, or by moving to a local senior community. A change in environment might be just what your loved one needs to thrive once again and to give you the peace of mind that you helped them to make a good decision for their well being.
The following services are available through the Barry County Commission on Aging for persons 60 years and older.
• Sr Center Activities • Homecare Services
• SMC Restaurant Dining • Volunteer Opportunities
• Four Congregate Dining Site Locations
• Home Delivered Meals
• Home Repair Service
• Adult Day Services
• Medicare / Medicaid Info
Barry County Commission on Aging
320 West Woodlawn Avenue Hastings, MI 49058
Phone: (269) 948-4856 Fax: (269) 948-3336 E-Mail:
Fresh Perspective Home Care offers you just that... a Fresh Perspective to in-home care support services where our client’s needs come first. We specialize in the areas of catastrophic injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, hospice care, and compas- sionate ADL home care assistance.
7127 S Westnedge Ave Suite 5A, Portage, MI 49002
(269) 329-4717
Your Life. Your Home. Our Help.

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