There are changes in elders’ behavior that serve as an indicator that it is time to consider supportive care.  This checklist can serve as a discussion starter.

Nine Common Early Warning Signs that a Senior Needs Assistance

1. Frequent falls
2. Forgetfulness—forgetting to pay bills
3. Leaving appliances on and unattended
4. Dressing inappropriately for the weather
5. Poor personal hygiene
6. Poor eating habits or weight loss
7. Anxiety or depression
8. Deterioration of physical condition
9. Accumulation of mail, laundry or trash in the home

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