Often, when people are struggling with their mental or physical health, they don’t feel able to reach out for help. Maybe they’re too proud to admit that they might be struggling, or maybe they don’t know that they’re struggling, and in some, more sinister cases, maybe they don’t feel safe to reach out. But as people who care about them, it tends to be us that notice these warning signs and, fortunately, are able to help people to get the care and medical help that they need. If you’re worried about a loved one, and they’re exhibiting any of these signs, it’s time for some serious conversations about their health, well-being, and their future.
If a loved one has unexplained injuries from recent accidents, but they’re not seeking medical help under their own impetus, this should be a serious red flag. It could be that they feel embarrassed by their decline in mobility and independence. If they’re already in a care home, or have a regular carer, it could be indicative of something more sinister. Unfortunately, abuse, negligence, and extortion of people in care is not unheard of. If you suspect that any of this is the case, it’s essential that you contact an abuse attorney. Your loved one may not feel comfortable discussing it with you, either out of fear or embarrassment, but it’s something which just can’t be ignored.
Rapid and unexplained weight loss is never a good sign. You might not notice it in their appearance, although their face may start to look more gaunt, and they may feel frail when you give them a hug. This could be an indicator of poor health, or it could mean that they’re no longer feeding themselves sufficiently. If they’re unable to make it to the shops due to a lack of mobility, or they’re not remembering to cook and eat, then they need to be taken care of more closely, perhaps by a professional.
If a person becomes isolated, either through choice or through immobility, their mental state can decline rapidly. If a person chooses to become isolated, it is often a symptom of depression or another mental health concern. If they’re becoming isolated as they’re no longer able to attend social gatherings, or even make it to the shop, this can cause depression too. It’s a vicious cycle.
Lack of home maintenance
When you visit the home of a loved one, be sure to check out how clean and tidy they’re keeping their home. If they’re unable to do the washing up, clean the toilet, or change their bed sheets, they’re in need of a care assistant who can come in to give them a hand, at the very least. Home negligence can be a sign of old age, but it’s also a common sign of dementia, so don’t ignore it.
Be sure to care for your own mental health. Worrying about a loved one can be exhausting and upsetting, and if this gets on top of you, then you could start to exhibit symptoms of depression, meaning that the quality of care you can offer dwindles. Take time for yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.