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10 Warning Signs That Seniors Need Help


Below are warning signs that could indicate seniors need help in the home.
Many of these red flags could indicate physical and mental impairments that need immediate attention.



1. Clutter. Are bills piling up? Is the house unkempt or the yard overgrown?

2. Personal Appearance. Are their clothes stained and dirty? Are they neglecting their personal hygiene?

3. Bruises. Are there bruises that may indicate problems with balance? Are they unable or unwilling to walk long distances or down stairs?

4. Weight Loss. Are they losing weight? Is an illness or mobility issue preventing them from eating properly?

5. Mood Changes. Do they seem withdrawn or blue? Are their moods drastically different? Do they appear unsettled and out of sorts?

5. Mood Changes. Do they seem withdrawn or blue? Are their moods drastically different? Do they appear unsettled and out of sorts?

6. Isolation. Are they forgoing social outings with friends or skipping church services and doctors appointments?

7. Scorched Pots and Pans. Is forgetfulness or dementia causing the senior to neglect dinner cooking on the stove?

8. Stained Carpets and Floors. Are there food and drink stains on floors indicating mobility problems?

9. Spoiled Food. Is there spoiled or expired food in the refrigerator, freezer or cupboards? Are seniors neglecting proper nutrition by purchasing convenience foods?

10. Medications. Are they taking their medications? Are medications expired? Are they forgetting to refill medications?