How to recognise when care is needed

How to recognise when care is needed

It's not always easy to spot the tell-tale signs that point to somebody who needs elderly care

When we haven't seen someone for a while, we instantly pick up on changes in their well-being. But when we see them frequently, or if we live with them, a slow decline can be hard to spot. With the health of a loved one in mind, here are some of the most common tell-tale signs to look out for that point to a deterioration in mental and physical abilities due to old age.

Decreasing mobility

  • Slower on their feet and need more support when walking
  • Unable to get out of an easy chair unaided

Dizzy spells

Recurring ailments

  • Persistent coughs and colds

Confusion and limited attention span

  • Failing short-term memory
  • Muddled thinking
  • Lack of interest
  • Reduced activities 


  • Lack of enthusiasm for anything
  • Getting up late
  • Wearing bed clothes all day
  • Always tired

Unusual behaviour

  • Doing things that are out of character
  • Wandering
  • Getting lost

Anxiety and agitation

  • Lack of confidence when out of the home environment
  • Concern about the unknown
  • Frightened by simple tasks or anything unexpected

Increasing neglect

  • Not eating properly
  • Poor personal care
  • Ignoring daily tasks
  • Unopened mail... dirty crockery in the sink... out of date food in the fridge

    If you have noticed some of these symptoms in a person you love, and would like some advice call the Autumna care advice line today on 01892 33 53 30 or email

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