Understanding When Your Loved One Needs In-Home Care

By Marvin, 9:00 am on

While Plano senior home care providers are becoming more common and can be extremely helpful for seniors, knowing when to bring one in for your senior loved one can be a difficult decision. Luckily, there are some common signs you can look for that might tell you when and if it’s time to hire a home care provider. 

Unmanaged Mail or Bills

Managing the mail, even when it’s a letter from a friend, can be a difficult task for seniors with cognitive or physical limitations. Likewise, bills can become overwhelming to retrieve, pay, and account for. If your senior loved one is managing his or her own finances and you’ve noticed bills lying around unopened or ignored, it may be time to get some help from a highly trained Plano caregiver. In-home care providers can help your loved one retrieve, sort, and manage mail and remind your loved one to pay bills on time. 

Mobility Concerns and Falls 

Whether your senior loved one wears an emergency pendant to protect him or her in the event of a fall or not, mobility problems and even minor falls are still a major issue. If a senior loved one has trouble getting out of the house or even around his or her own home, he or she will struggle to manage self-care and other activities of daily living. When this happens, it’s time to hire a trusted home care provider to help with personal care, housekeeping, cooking, and other daily tasks.

Social Withdraw

If your senior loved one once had an active social life, but you notice he or she isn’t interacting with friends or getting out and about like usual, consider the reason. Many seniors pull back from social activities when personal care or caring for the home begins to take more of their energy. When these activities require more energy, it leaves your senior loved one with less desire to maintain his or her social life and could be a sign in-home care is needed. 


If you live far away from your senior loved one or will be gone for several days or even longer, it can be difficult to ensure your senior loved one is getting the best care available. Seniors may often be able to minimize their need for help during your absence. While relying on friends and neighbors to check in is helpful, hiring reliable Plano respite care for your senior loved one may help you both worry less while you are away.

When you notice any of these signs or simply can’t be there to help your loved one, look to Home Care Assistance of Plano. We provide flexible in-home services including Alzheimer’s, dementia, and post-stroke care to help seniors manage all aspects of daily life while boosting both physical and emotional wellbeing. Call (214) 586-0120 today to speak with a trusted Care Manager and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.