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Changes In Activities Of Daily Living

When someone that we care about, be it a friend that we are very close to or a loved one, does something abruptly different, we often take notice. Sometimes it might strike us as odd behaviour, or it might just be a result of a long and stressful day. It can be something as simple as changing their daily routine that they have kept for years, or something related to showing a lack of interest in something that they have enjoyed throughout their life. Because we care about them and are very close to them, we typically try to keep an eye on these subtle differences and begin to watch for others just in case there is a mental, emotional, or cognitive problem.

Continuously forgetting to turn off the TV could be a sign of more involved health concerns.

Signs And Symptoms Of Developing Health Concerns


While it is easy to notice abrupt changes in someone’s daily activities, it can be much more difficult to notice ongoing changes that are less abrupt or that take months to completely manifest. These are often the changes that are the most important as these could be signs of something much more serious that should be addressed as soon as possible.

Just as a limp could be a sign of an injured leg or any number of other leg issues including a DVT or PAD, continuously forgetting to turn off the TV could be a sign of more involved health concerns. This is especially true as it relates to elderly people who live alone and, whether it is a symptom of something greater or not, it must still be addressed by a physician for peace of mind.

As in the case with the TV, which is much more apparent than other examples, possible health risks could include everything from mental health problems and deterioration in an underlying disease, to MCI/dementia. The change in their daily activity doesn’t have to be as life threatening as leaving a TV on, it could be something such as not using an appliance which they have used on a daily basis or changing the time of day they use the appliance. Typically pain, anxiety, isolation, or an illness could be the cause of these which makes it that much more difficult to notice.

Non-Intrusive Home Care Assistance Technology

To help ensure that your elderly loved ones are properly cared for and that these changes in daily activities are noticed and addressed in a timely manner, experts recommend non-intrusive home care assistance technology. This enables them to live independently for as long as they can, yet still have the discreet, custom tailored monitoring they need to ensure their activities and behaviours are charted and alerts are provided if something does not look quite right.

Contact AVERio

To learn more, contact AVERio today and speak with a home care professional who can answer any questions you might have.

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