20 Warning signs your loved one needs Help at Home. Maybe you’ve noticed mom or dad’s mail piling up. Or mom once meticulous about her appearance is wearing wrinkled clothes and not doing her hair. Perhaps there are bruises on her and when you bring up the subject you hear “everything is fine” , “nothing to worry about”.
Admitting they need help would be mean they can’t take care of themselves anymore, and no one wants to lose their independence. Denial is the unrealistic hope that a problem is not really happening and will go away be itself. Admitting they need help and accepting assistance is not easy for people as they age. It represents a loss of independence. Denial plays a major role and signs get ignored.
The burden often falls on the family to recognize the signs that the aging parent might need help with daily living tasks. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your loved one has to go to assisted living or a nursing home, but they may need some extra help in their homes. If they’re not willing to admit it, how do you know if your elderly parents need home care?