Signs you or your loved one may need home care

Putting your hand up to say you need help at home can be hard, which means by the time many people are ready to admit they need care, it’s often too late to make an informed decision.

Here are some of the earlier signs that you, or a loved one, may need home care.

Mobility issues

Difficulty getting around the house to complete routine tasks or getting up and down the stairs is an indication that it may be time to reach out for assistance. This could take the form of some home modifications or help with cleaning and personal care.

Signs of forgetfulness

We can all forget things but increasing episodes of forgetfulness can indicate that it’s time to get some more support. Forgetting regular household tasks like putting the bins out or having trouble remembering to take their medication on time can be signs of cognitive decline that should be checked out by their GP.

Clutter and untidiness around the home

An increase in clutter, particularly for those who have always been houseproud, can be an indication that it’s becoming difficult to pick up items and clean the house. Clutter can also be a tripping hazard which can be a problem, particularly for those with limited mobility.


Some seniors in the early stages of requiring more care may begin to withdraw from social situations and begin to feel more isolated. This could be because of health concerns that leave them feeling more fearful about leaving the house. Getting some home care support can help these people stay connected socially and enjoy outings again.

Difficulty with meal prep

Relying on heat-up meals or takeaway can be a sign that someone could be struggling with doing the grocery shop or preparing fresh meals. Home care can put in place the right supports to make preparing nutritious meals easier.

What to do next

If you recognise some of these signs in either yourself or a loved one it may be time to look into how home care can help.

If you are worried about your mum or dad, it might be time to have a conversation about your concerns and whether accessing home care could help them stay living at home.

Our article ‘What to do if your parent is struggling at home‘ also gives some advice and insights on your next steps. Getting help at home can be a positive step to empower your loved one to stay at home and keep living the way they want.

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