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In Home Care - When to Hire a Caregiver for a Love One

There are many instances when hiring a caregiver is essential for well being, safety and peace of mind. Knowing when is the right time to hire someone for a parent or loved one is an important decision. Here is a list of warning signs that may indicate a fundamental change in a elderly loved one's physical and mental ability to function independently at home:

  • Wearing clothing that is disheveled or dirty

  • Not bathing

  • Wearing P.J.'s throughout the day

  • Hair not washed or brushed

  • Oral care ignored

  • Unsteady & balance issues

  • Falling frequently

  • Forgetting to eat

  • Food that is spoiled in the cabinet or refrigerator

  • Not eating nutritious meals

  • Having sweets as a main meal throughout the day

  • No longer interested in hobbies and personal entertainment

  • Very reluctant to social activities

  • Forgetting to pay bills or open mail

  • Lack of maintaining the home and the cleaning upkeep

  • Piles of dirty laundry and clothing items scattered around

  • Confusion, lack of good judgment, memory loss

  • Confused and forgetful about taking medication

  • Personality changes and dramatic mood swings

  • Lack of energy or interest

  • Changes in sleeping habits

Should you notice any of these changes in your loved one, contact a doctor to check for medical symptoms that may be causing the change of behavior. Once the medical condition is under control, hiring a caregiver to provide assistance with daily tasks will help your loved one remain safe and independent in the comfort of home. Caregivers can prepare balanced meals, grocery shop, provide transportation to appointments, give medication reminders, as well as light housekeeping and laundry.

Consult Atlanta's most trusted source for quality Home Care assistance, Easy Living Services, Inc. We have supported families in their efforts to keep loved ones fulfilled at home since 1994. Call to discuss your specific needs, 770-442-8664 or visit us at:

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