What Are the Five Key Indicators That Your Mom Isn’t Okay Living Alone?

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How can you tell when it’s no longer safe for your mom to live alone without any assistance? You’ll see things that just don’t feel right when you go to visit. If you need guidance, these are five of the warning signs that elder care is needed.

Elder Care Massapequa NY - What Are the Five Key Indicators That Your Mom Isn't Okay Living Alone?

Elder Care Massapequa NY – What Are the Five Key Indicators That Your Mom Isn’t Okay Living Alone?


Hoarding occurs when someone is making up for something that’s lacking. It could be your mom is purchasing items like shoes to make up for the loss of her husband. She may be lonely and feels that garage sale knickknacks provide comfort.

As the items build up and take over her home, her home becomes dangerous. It can make it harder for fire crews to get to each room if something happens. It also adds fuel to a fire that starts. Hoarding can make it hard to properly clean a home. Too much clutter can also draw rodents and other forms of vermin.

Worsening Grooming and Personal Care

If your mom is having a hard time with mobility or joint pain, she may start avoiding things that require her to move or hold her hands in certain ways. You may find she no longer brushes her teeth. She doesn’t brush her hair or shave. She can’t hold a toothbrush, razor, or comb comfortably, which makes it easier to skip those tasks.

Declining Memory

Your mom has forgotten she has a dentist appointment and misses it. The dentist charges her a no-show fee that she can’t afford. That’s one sign of declining memory. If she is developing dementia, she will need more and more help around her home.

Other signs include forgetting to pay bills, buying more groceries when she already has plenty at home, or forgetting she has stew cooking on the stove. She might forget how to get back home. She may start to put items like her wallet in weird places and blame others for stealing them.

Mobility Issues

When mobility issues kick in, the risk of a fall heightens. If your mom were to fall on the stairs, how long would it be before you stopped by and found her unable to get back up? Can she get off the sofa without a struggle? Can she get out of bed within help? If not, elder care aides can help with ambulation.

Frequent Takeout and Convenience Meals

Your mom stopped cooking because reading and following a recipe is too hard. She can’t cut meats and vegetables anymore. If she’s relying on high-sodium, high-fat, and high-sugar meals, malnutrition is a risk. Malnutrition heightens health conditions. Make sure she’s eating well by having someone else prepare her meals.

Elder care services help your entire family out when your mom requires care. Discuss pricing, scheduling, and services by calling our elder care service today.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of Elder Care Services in Massapequa NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.