caregiving tips


If you have observed any of the characteristics below, it may be time to seek professional advice for your older loved one.

  • Difficulty cooking, eating, or using appliances safely
  • Poor mobility
  • Trouble grocery shopping
  • Difficulty bathing
  • Needs help dressing
  • Cannot drive or use public transportation safely

  • Aggressiveness or abusiveness
  • Isolation
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Neglected appearance
  • Lethargy or apathy
  • Significant changes in routine

  • Memory lapses
  • Impaired thinking
  • Impaired communication (written or verbal)
  • Unaware of person, place, time
  • Inability to account for time

  • Recent health problems
  • Serious side effects from medication
  • Loss of vision or hearing
  • Repeated falls
  • Neglected hygiene
  • Incontinence

  • Not paying bills on time
  • Unable to account for spending
  • Unable to balance a checkbook
  • Making large donations uncharacteristically