Assisted Care: 5 Signs a Loved One May Need It
It’s tough to acknowledge that our bodies seem slower and less agile with each passing year. It can be
even more difficult to watch the same thing happen to members of our family. Maybe Mom doesn’t take
walks like she used to, or Dad can’t mow the lawn anymore.
It may be tempting to just pass these things off as a normal part of aging, but sometimes the best thing we
can do for our families is acknowledge that there is a problem, and help get them the assisted care they
need to remain safe, independent and healthy for as long as possible.
Below is a checklist of things to look for next time you visit your parent to help determine if there are
physical or mobility problems where either assisted living or home care could help. If you think your family
member may be dealing with cognitive issues or memory-loss check out our checklist on recognizing
potential mental impairment issues.
1. Does your family member’s skin feel soft and have a normal color?
Dry, cracked skin can be a sign of dehydration. Prolonged dehydration can have serious consequences for
the elderly. Skin should feel supple and not appear red or irritated. Also, be on the lookout for unusual
tearing or bruising. Wounds heal more slowly with age and put seniors at greater risk for infection. Bruising
may indicate balance or vision problems - your family member may be bumping into furniture or doors they
2. Can your family member see clearly?
Vision loss can be a significant barrier to independent living. Your family member may no longer be able to
drive safely which impacts their ability to go food shopping or attend doctor’s appointments. They may no
longer be able to read their medications, and may not be taking their medications in the right dosages. Pay
attention to whether a senior can read street signs or labels, or are able to read newspaper or books.
3. Can your family member hear you?
Loss of hearing can significantly decrease a senior’s quality of life. Hearing aids may be required fo