What to Look for Outside of Your Parent’s Home That Could Indicate They Need Home Care

Sep 29, 2016   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Home Care in Durham NC  //  Comments Off

Home Care in Durham NC

As a family caregiver it is your responsibility to make sure that your aging parent is getting everything that they need on a regular basis to stay as healthy, happy, comfortable, and safe as they can throughout their later years. This can mean Home-Care-in-Durham-NCmaking challenging decisions to ensure that you are doing what is right for them based on their individual needs, challenges, limitations, and conditions. One such decision is whether it might be the right time for you to consider starting home care for them.

Starting a home care relationship for your aging parent can give them the support, care, and encouragement that they need to maintain more independence while still handling their personal needs on a regular basis. While this type of care relationship can offer a wide variety of benefits, it may not be right for your specific senior and is a decision that you should not take lightly. Looking out for signs that could indicate that your aging loved one needs additional assistance and support as they age in place can help you to feel more confident that you are making the right decision for your senior.


Some things to look out for outside of your parent’s home that could indicate that they need home care include:

  • Vehicle damage. If your aging parent is still driving, pay attention to the condition of their vehicle when you come to visit. Look for minor signs of damage such as scratches, dings, and dents. These could indicate that your senior is struggling with the tasks of driving whether due to physical, mobility, or cognitive limitations. This could put your parent and anyone else on the road in serious danger. A home care provider can give your parent reliable, safe transportation so that they can go where they want and need to go, when they want and need to go there.
  • Overgrown lawn. If your senior has always taken pride in the appearance of their lawn and it has started to suffer from neglect, it could indicate that your loved one is dealing with challenges and limitations that keep them from being able to handle these tasks effectively. An in-home senior care services provider can encourage your loved one to manage more of their landscaping tasks, assist with basic gardening, and provide care and support that will give your loved one more energy to handle the outdoor tasks that they enjoy.
  • Overflowing mailbox. Going out to check the mail is a simple task that virtually everyone does nearly every day. If your parent’s mailbox is full or overflowing with mail, regardless of what it is, it could be a sign that they are dealing with issues that prevent them from being able to manage this task and that they could use assistance. This one simple sign could mean that your loved one is dealing with mobility problems, memory challenges, or frequent falls, all of which can be helped with the personalized services of a senior care provider.


If you or an aging loved one are looking for home care in Durham, NC, call Helping Hands of America at (919) 632-8891. Call today!




Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO

Founder and CEO at Helping Hands of America
Gavin Densmore is founder and CEO of Helping Hands of America LLC, Raleigh North Carolina’s oldest Senior Care agency, alocal niche patient-centric service provider toindividuals living in the Triangle of North Carolina.

Mr. Densmore has over 30 years of comprehensive sales and marketing experience including over 13 years of operational home care experience. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Marketing.

Mr. Densmore is active in many business and industry associations. He is a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board for the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern NC chapter. His home care agency is the agency of choice for the State of NC, Duke University and Duke Medical, UNC and UNC Healthcare, WakeMed hospital, Rex hospital, Duke/Raleigh Community hospital, and Duke Energy.He has been an invited speaker at several industry conferences and recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.

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