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15 Clear Signs It's Time for In-Home Care for Your Elderly Loved One

Updated: Sep 14, 2023


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The caregiver assists the older adult on the couch.

Caring for an elderly loved one can be challenging, especially as they age and require more assistance with daily tasks. While many people prefer to keep their loved ones at home, it may be necessary to consider in-home care. Here are 15 clear signs that your elderly loved one may require in-home care to ensure their safety and well-being.




Elderly woman holding her head and looking confused. She may be experiencing memory loss or other cognitive problems.
The older woman looked confused.

1. Increased forgetfulness or confusion: If your loved one struggles to remember essential details or is experiencing confusion, it could be an early sign of dementia or Alzheimer's disease.




Image of an elderly woman lying on the floor. She is looking up at the camera with a confused expression. She may have fallen and injured herself.
The older woman fell on the floor.

2. Frequent falls: If your loved one is experiencing frequent falls, it's a sign that their mobility is declining, and they may need assistance getting around.




 Elderly woman is lying in bed with her head propped up on pillows. A caregiver is standing next to her, helping her to sit up. The caregiver is holding the woman's hand and smiling at her.
A caregiver is assisting an older woman to sit in bed.

3. Inability to manage daily tasks: If your loved one is having difficulty with basic tasks such as bathing, dressing, or preparing meals, it's a sign that they may require help with these activities.




lderly woman is sitting in a chair with her arms crossed. She is looking down at the floor and does not seem to be interested in interacting with the people around her
An older woman sits alone in a chair, uninterested in socializing.

4. Lack of interest in hobbies or socializing: If your loved one has lost interest in activities they once enjoyed or is avoiding socializing, it could be a sign of depression or other mental health issues.




Elderly woman is sitting at a table with a plate of food in front of her. She is shaking her head and refusing to eat. The caregiver is trying to encourage her to eat.
Older woman refusing food from a caregiver.

5. Changes in eating habits: If your loved one is losing weight or not eating regular meals, it could be a sign of a medical condition or difficulty preparing food.



Elderly woman with chronic health issues.
An older woman with chronic health issues.

6. Chronic health issues: If your loved one has a chronic health condition requiring frequent monitoring or medication management, in-home care can ensure they receive the necessary support.




Older woman is lying on the bed with a caregiver standing next to her. The caregiver is holding a pillbox and is helping the woman to take her medications
A caregiver is assisting the older woman in taking her medications.

7. Difficulty managing medications: If your loved one is struggling to keep track of their medications or is having difficulty taking them correctly, in-home care can assist.



An elderly woman's bedroom is cluttered with clothes, papers, and other belongings. The bed is unmade and the floor is covered in dust.
Messy elderly room with clothes, papers, and other belongings strewn about.

8. Unkempt appearance or living space: If your loved one's home is becoming cluttered or unkempt, or if they need to take care of their hygiene, it's a sign that they need help with housekeeping and personal care.



An elderly man in a wheelchair is sitting in a corner of a room, away from his family. He is looking down and appears to be sad or upset.
An older man in a wheelchair separates himself from his family, wanting to be alone.

9. Withdrawal from family or friends: If your loved one is becoming increasingly isolated or avoiding social activities, it could be a sign of depression or anxiety.




An elderly man is standing in the middle of a forest, looking lost and confused. He is surrounded by trees and there is no path in sight.
An older man is lost in the woods, unable to find his way back.

10. Wandering or getting lost: If your loved one is wandering or getting lost when out in public, it's a sign that they need assistance with mobility and navigation.




Elderly woman trying to get her family's attention.
An older woman is trying to get her family's attention.

11. Increased dependence on family members: If your loved one relies more on family members for assistance with daily tasks, it's a sign that they need additional support.



 younger woman is driving a car while her older husband sits in the passenger seat.
Younger wife drives car for older husband.

12. Inability to drive: If your loved one can no longer drive safely, in-home care can assist with transportation.



An older woman is showing her arms, which are covered in bruises. She looks concerned and confused.
Older woman with unexplained bruises.

13. Unexplained bruises or injuries: If your loved one has unexplained bruises or injuries, it could be a sign of falls or other accidents they may be unable to recall.



An elderly man is lying in a hospital bed, looking worried.
An older man lying in a hospital bed, worried about his illness.

14. Hospitalizations or emergency room visits: If your loved one is experiencing frequent hospitalizations or emergency room visits, it's a sign that they require additional support to manage their health.



An image of a character who is clearly burnt out. The character is slumped over, with their eyes closed and their head in their hands. They look exhausted and defeated.
A burnt-out character, looking exhausted and defeated.

15. Family caregiver burnout: If you or other family members are feeling overwhelmed or burnt out from caring for your loved one, it's a sign that it's time to seek additional assistance.


In-home care can provide your loved one with the support they need to age in place safely and comfortably. If you notice any of these signs, you must have an open and honest conversation with your loved one about their care needs and explore your options for in-home care.


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