She hasn’t said anything, but you suspect your mom is struggling to take care of herself and her home.
“Older people rarely ask for help. They’re afraid of losing their independence, and they don’t want to burden family members or friends,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Trail Ridge Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “Unfortunately, that often means they’re not getting the help they need with things like housekeeping, meal preparation and personal care.”
So how do you know when it’s time to give mom a little extra help at home? Goetz advises looking for the following red flags: