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Eight Signs That an Aged Person is Struggling at Home

Updated on May 25, 2014

Getting aged is something which cannot be controlled by the humans and this process is an inevitable phase of everybody's life cycle. Once we start getting aged, our life-style gradually changes and we become too much dependent on others. Based on the health conditions, we might depend too much on other people to manage our daily activities and this is certainly a tough situation.

We might have seen a lot of old aged person living alone or together in our nearby houses and most of the time we get the impression how well they are living together even at an old age. Yes, to some extend most of the elder people do not find any difficulty in living at older ages provided they do not have any health problems. But what is the case when they are really coping with some sort of health problems, mainly age related health complications.

In the case of health problems, it will really be difficult for the old aged person or couple to do all things alone. They might need assistance in walking, cooking food, cleaning rooms, washing clothes, making the lawn look good, cutting the grass, watering the plants etc. In most of the developed countries, the parents stay separately from their children after a certain age and they have to manage of their own. Once they become age and ill, they do not have anyone to come for help.

If there are any elderly people living near your house, you can easily identify whether they are struggling with their health related issue and whether they need assistance. Here are 8 common signs that can simply tell you whether the aged people living near you needs assistance or care. Hope you all agree with the points.

1) The dishes and plates are not washed up
2) The older person always appear on dirty clothes
3) The house is untidy or dirty
4) The regular and necessary shopping is not done
5) The food in the cupboards and fridge of the older person are left un-attended
6) The grass in the lawn is long
7) The garden has not been weeded
8) A blown light globe has not been changed for a long time.

The list goes on, but I am not willing to put on a huge list for the sake of the reader's convenience. In the developed countries there are some solutions to tackle this issue being faced by the aged people and there are a lot of aged care homes and facilities which can provide shelter to the aged people. There are also aged care professionals who can be hired to assist the elderly people in the best possible ways.

I am not deviating too much from my topic and if you are tracking some of the above points in any of the aged persons, you must insist them that it is high time they take services from a aged care professional to make sure that their life goes as smooth as possible.


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    • georgescifo profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from India

      You are right Marlene, and elder care assistance is something that we need to think and implement seriously.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 years ago from USA

      All valuable points to consider. I live an a 55 and older community where people are at different stages of aging. There does come a time when people do need to consider elder care assistance to help live a longer, healthier life.

    • georgescifo profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from India

      That is too great of you and you are lucky for being able to serve your Momma during her years of decline...

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      You have a concise list of ways to know is the elder one is struggling.

      Having cared for my elderly parents in their years of decline I know. When they were unable to care for themselves they moved in with me (at least Momma did; my Daddy died at 93 while Momma was still able to care for him.)

      Then my eldest sister was living alone and I would travel several hours to visit her. She had clothes that needed washing, dishes to wash, a fridge to clean and so on. and I gladly did those for her. Now she lives with my niece as she can no longer care for herself.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

    • georgescifo profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from India

      You are right Elsie and hope that 2015 brings something good for them. Also thanks for your honest comment.

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      3 years ago from New Zealand

      Very good guide for sure that this person needs help. But in lots of cases older people will not except help as they believe that everything is good and they are quite happy living that way.

      Hopefully that people living like this have family that can work their way around the situation without upsetting the elderly person.

      All the best for 2015.

    • georgescifo profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from India

      Thanks and hope you liked the articles Shyron..

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      You are right about all these signs of aging, that is the one thing that cannot be controlled or stopped.

      Have a blessed day.

    • georgescifo profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from India

      Thanks @teaches12345

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      People in our country seem to be living longer and we all must be on the look out for their safety and care. The signs you list here are good indication a person needs help and support.

    • georgescifo profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from India

      You are absolutely right Karen and it is all about making awareness among the aged people regarding the situations at the aged care facilities..

    • georgescifo profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from India

      you are absolutely right Karn Lorenzo, as moving into an age care facility is indeed a new phase of life..


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