Aging can cause a variety of physical and mental changes in the body. That is why most people will need home care at some point. Home care allows people to receive the help that they need without leaving their homes. There are a number of telltale signs that one may need home care.


Memory loss is a common sign of aging. People who are forgetful may frequently misplace things. They may also have difficulty recalling important information such as times, names and places. Additionally, they may neglect to pay their bills. It is common for people to forget things sometimes. However, it is not normal for anyone to be forgetful all of the time. If your parents have trouble recalling things, then it may be time for them to get home care.

Falls and Unexplained Bruising

Falls are one of the top causes of death in people who are over the age of 65. In fact, half of fatal fall accidents occur in people who are over the age of 75. A fall is a clear sign that one may need home care. Because a fall may occur when you are not around, it is important for your loved one to have around-the-clock supervision.

You will also need to look out for unexplained bruising. This can also be a sign of a fall. It may also indicate that your loved one bumped into the furniture at some point.

Driving is Becoming an Issue

It gets more dangerous for a person to drive as they get older. Seniors are more prone to vision problems. They also have slower reaction times. In fact, the average 65-year-old has a reaction time that is 22 times slower than a person who is under the age of 30. This can make it difficult to make maneuvers.

If your loved one has gotten into an accident, then it is time to consider home care. You may also want to consider home care if your loved one has had multiple traffic violations. Additionally, you should look out for scratches and dents in the car. A home health care provider can make sure that your parents safely get where they need to go.

A Lack of Self-Care

Self-care is essential for staying healthy. Anyone who is neglecting self-care needs home care. Long nails, dirty nails, poor hygiene, body odor and unkempt hair are signs of a lack of self-care.

Not Eating Regularly

People who do not eat regularly put themselves at risk for becoming malnourished. This can put them at risk for developing serious health problems. Home care is needed if your parents are having trouble putting together meals. If you suspect that your loved one is not eating enough, then you should look in the refrigerator.

You may notice that there is not a huge selection of food. You may also notice that there is outdated food.

Mood Swings

It is normal for everyone to have mood swings at some point. However, frequent mood swings may be an indication of cognitive decline. A loss of interest in activities, depression and a loss of energy are some of the signs of cognitive decline.

Missing Medication

It is estimated that 75 percent of seniors take at least one medication. Eighty percent of the seniors who are on medication take more than one. Many people need this medication in order to manage a chronic condition. If your parents are taking medication, then you will need to make sure that they take it properly.

If your parents are skipping doses or taking more than they need, then it is time to call home care. Home health care professionals will make sure that your parents take their medications properly. It is important to note that if medication is not taken properly, then hospitalization or death can result.

A Lack of Home Maintenance

It can become more difficult for one to take care of their home as they get older. If you notice that the home is unkempt, then it is time to get home care. You may notice that the laundry is piling up and the trash is overflowing. You should also pay close attention to the lawn. If the grass is not being mowed and the lawn is not being cared for, then this is a sign of yard neglect.

Not Making Sound Decision

People who are suffering from cognitive decline may become a danger to themselves and others. For example, they may leave the stove on after cooking. They may not know how to make the right decision in an emergency situation.

Mobility is Declining

Mobility problems can easily lead to a fall. You should look out for the signs of mobility problems. This includes things such as going up and down the stairs, dizziness and walking unsteadily.

Being Reluctant to Leave the House

Being reluctant to leave the house is a sign of anxiety or depression. Your parents may not want to visit their family members or friends if they suffer from depression. They may also sleep for long periods of time and lose interest in their hobbies.

Missing Appointments

There are several reasons a person may miss an appointment. They may forget about their appointment. They may not be able to drive to get to their appointment. Additionally, they may not want to go out alone. Home health care workers can make sure that your loved ones make all of their appointments.

VNA & Hospice has been delivering Home Healthcare services for people living throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties as well as the southern portions of both Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.