There are various signs which indicate that your parents are no longer in a
position to live alone. These particular signs should be taken as a warning
that your elderly parents need additional care or assistance, and are no
longer capable of being alone in a house or an apartment.

To begin, particular signs of cognitive impairment, confusion, and
forgetfulness are definitely red flags which should not be overlooked and
must be taken seriously.
“Dementia” usually first manifests as forgetfulness, which is one of
the first clues indicating that your mom or dad should no longer be on
their own. You should take a look around your parent’s home and carefully
assess its general appearance. If some items are oddly placed, different
subjects are place where they usually are not supposed to be and their
living place is not organized as it used to be, then these are definitely
warning signs that your elderly parents should no longer live on their own.

You should also be on the lookout for clues of physical deterioration,
which include stamina or loss of strength, marked weakness and drastic
weight loss. Also, if you notice any bruises it could indicate that your
elderly parents have a mobility or balance issues. Another key warning is a
noticeable lack of personal hygiene, for example, a disheveled and unkempt
appearance, resistance to bathing and unusually long finger and toenails.

Never ignore any of these crucial warnings, as living alone may pose
inherent dangers for elderly individuals who are struggling with physical
or cognitive limitations and they should no longer be on their own. Keep a
close watch and try to help your parents before anything goes wrong. Many
of us, myself included, tend to ignore oddities and think that is normal
for someone who is just getting older. Keep a close watch.

David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers
David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers

San Luis Obispo Caregivers was created in memory of my Grandfather, Tracy Gordon Wood II. My mission is to honor him by providing trustworthy, compassionate, and competitively priced caregiving services to seniors in my community. After 25 years in the financial industry and the decision to leave behind a successful 6-year position as the Chief Operating Officer of SESLOC Federal Credit Union, I created San Luis Obispo Home Care. This decision served my desire to make a difference and support the growing needs of seniors in my community. As my business grew and I leaned heavily on my financial background, I realized there was a much more cost-effective way to provide seniors with the care they deserve. This realization led to the creation of San Luis Obispo Caregivers, a referral agency and SLO Senior Placement, a free resource for families looking for independent or assisted living options for seniors. Ultimately, I listen, assess your situation and recommend various options that are available for your family.