Noticing signs that senior loved ones might need help around the house


After spending time with family over the holidays, many adult children may have noticed changes in their parents’ health and behaviour that signaled the need for assistance at home. Each year, this realization leads to an increase in inquiries about senior care services from concerned family members.

Home Instead Senior CareIn fact, January is the highest volume month for senior care inquires, according to Home Instead Senior Care. Local Home Instead Senior Care franchise owner, Lisette Wirta saw a 30 per cent increase in service inquiries in January.

Common changes in your senior loved ones’ behaviour may include:

  • Mood and Symptoms of Depression. Do you notice a change in your loved one’s normal behaviour?  Do they seem unattached or more emotional?
  • Personal Hygiene. Changes in appearance are the most obvious signs that assistance is needed, which can range from unkempt hair and body odor to wearing the same clothes for multiple days.
  • Driving Skills. Evidence of speeding tickets, dents and scratches on a senior’s car may be signs that their driving skills are deteriorating.
  • Household Changes. Is your loved one behind on paying bills, refilling medications or housework? An unkempt house may be the result of once everyday tasks becoming overwhelming burdens.
  • Eating Habits.  Does your loved one’s refrigerator seem empty? Is there rotten or expired food? These may be signs that your aging relative has lost interest in preparing and eating meals or is unable to make it to the grocery store.

Wirta is always looking for more great caregivers in the Northern area.  Research shows that caregiving is a growing profession. In fact, employment in community care facilities for the elderly has more than doubled since 2006, reflecting the needs of an aging population.

Family caregivers can find additional information and resources at or find a Home Instead office near you at

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