A lot of the time, people tend to overlook the fact that a loved one may need help.

Here are a list of things to be aware of when trying to help out someone near and dear to you:

- Recent hospitalization or injury
- Complicated medical issues or medications
- Missing appointments
- Dirty house or clutter piling up (including laundry)
- Spoiled food in fridge or expired food in cabinets
- Stacks of unopened mail or overflowing mailbox
- Late payment notices or mishaps with banking accounts
- Decreased participation in activities outside the home
- Loss of interest in normal activities or hobbies
- Comments of sadness or loneliness
- Unexplained bruising or potential fall hazards in the home
- Difficulty walking or balancing
- Infrequent bathing, showering or grooming
- Poor diet or decreased weight
- Unexplained dents or scratches on vehicle, or a recent accident
- Changes in mood or extreme mood swings
- Forgetfulness, confusion or memory loss
- Overweight or underweight pets
- Decreased ability to keep up with chores, shopping and errands
- Forgetting to take medication, or taking more than prescribed

I care about my listeners, young and old alike, so whenever I come across new information that may help make life a little easier for them, I don't hesitate to share it. Take a few minutes out of your day to visit my dedicated Interim HealthCare webpage where you can download the full Senior Care Decision Guide. You will gain peace of mind knowing there is kind and compassionate home care for your loved ones who spent so many years taking care of you.

How do YOU handle taking care of a loved one? Comment below!

Rachel Specht contributed to this post