If you're visiting older parents or relatives you haven't seen lately, certain indicators might point to their need for regular assistance.
Penny Hansen, owner of the non-medical, in-home companion service Comfort Keepers, suggests keeping an eye out for these five signs that may mean your loved one could use additional care:
Open your eyes: When you see your relative for the first time, pay close attention to their appearance. If relatives who were always neat and put together are now displaying mismatched clothing, poor hygiene or a noticeable increase or decrease in weight, it could mean that they are having difficulty with tasks they could once complete with ease and need assistance.
Listen up: Engage your relative in a conversation and really listen to their responses. If they are having trouble remembering names, formulating sentences or pronouncing their words properly, don't just assume the cause is "old age." The earlier help is gotten, the better.