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10 signs it may be time to step in with caregiving help

Posted: March 04, 2022

Last updated date: March 04, 2022

There are many ways someone becomes a caregiver. For some people with an aging parent or loved one, it may happen right away after a sudden illness or medical emergency. But for others, the change can happen slowly. That can make it hard to know when to step in.

Watch for these signs that someone may need extra help from a caregiver.

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1. Stopping regular activities

Giving up on their favorite social activities and choosing to stay home instead may be a sign that someone is withdrawing or isolating. It’s definitely something to keep tabs on.

2. Unwashed or untidy appearance

This can be a sign of a mental problem such as memory loss. Or it could be a clue that someone is having difficulty with daily tasks like bathing and dressing.

3. Not taking medications

Stopping taking medicines could be a big red flag. It may be a sign of a memory issue. It’s also dangerous to a person’s well-being.

4. Forgetfulness

Everyone misplaces keys or forgets to do things occasionally. But when forgetfulness happens often, it could be a sign of a bigger problem with memory or thinking.

5. A messy house

Not being able to keep up with routine household chores may be a sign of a change in physical or mental health.

6. Unexplained bruising

Mysterious bruises could be a sign that an elderly person has been falling.

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7. Not wearing the right clothing

Not dressing for cold or wet weather could be a sign that someone can’t take care of themselves. Loose clothing could be a sign of weight loss, possibly due to an untreated medical condition or not eating right.

8. Difficulty driving

When someone is having trouble driving, they’re putting themselves and others in danger. The cause may be a physical problem like joint pain or vision loss. Or it could be a mental issue such as memory loss.

9. A stack of unpaid bills

Not being able to keep up with the mail or paying bills could be a sign that someone is having difficulty with thinking.

10. Using furniture to get around

Hanging onto furniture to help move around the house could be a sign of a mobility problem. Other clues include avoiding unnecessary walking or having difficulty getting in and out of a car.

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UnitedHealthcare offers dual-eligible health plans, or Dual Special Needs Plans, to help people who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare. Those who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare often have serious, ongoing medical needs. Dual-eligible health plans are designed to simplify life for members. And they can simplify life for caregivers as well. These plans make it easier to coordinate care for people who need to manage multiple doctors, specialists and care services.

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Dual-eligible or Medicaid plan benefits can change depending on where you live. Search using your ZIP code to find the best plan to meet your health care needs.

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8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, 7 days a week.