Warning signs that care is needed

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Sometimes people won’t admit they need help to stay at home, and others may be unaware that it is time for some extra help to maintain a healthy and safe home environment. Knowing and watching for signs that could indicate extra assistance is needed may fall on family, friends, or advisors.

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Mood

Has the elderly person’s mood changed? Do you see any increases in irritability, anger, sadness, or Auspiciousness?

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Ability to manage

Do you notice any difference in their ability to manage daily life activities, such as medical care, bill payment or other routine activities?

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Social Status

Has there been any changes in the individual’s social status? (e.g.: impairment or loss of spouse, conflict with friends or family, signs of isolation)

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Appearance

Is there any noticeable difference in the individual’s appearance? (e.g.: dirty or unchanged clothing, body odor)

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Physical Status

Do you notice any physical differences, such as weight loss, incontinence, or recent falls?

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Impaired Judgement

Does the individual have difficultly reasoning, communicating, or focusing?

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