Ask the Caregiver Expert: Penny Bandy

Ask the Caregiver Expert: Penny Bandy

What are some signs that my aging parents might need some extra help at home?

Ask the Caregiver Expert: Penny Bandy / Focus News

Personal Care/Caregiver Services

Maybe you’ve noticed that unopened mail is piling up. Or mom, who was once meticulous about her appearance, is wearing wrinkled clothes and not doing her hair.

Are your parents forgetting to take their medications or have you noticed a loss of interest in hobbies or activities. When you bring up the subject, you hear, “Everything is fine. There’s no need to worry.”

Admitting they need help would mean they can’t take care of themselves anymore and accepting assistance is not easy for people as they age. It represents a loss of independence.

Proactive Vs. Reactive:

It is often the responsibility of the family to recognize the signs that an aging parent or loved one might need help with daily living tasks. If you’ve noticed the warning signs, the time to start talking with aging parents is sooner rather than later, after a crisis has occurred.

Caregivers, Knoxville, Help at Home, Senior Care, Elder CareWhen aging parents want to stay in their own home they may not initiate conver- sations about needing some extra help.

However, that extra help from a family member, volunteer or a paid caregiver can extend independence and aging at home with less risk.

ETPC offers a FREE In-Home Assessment to determine how much help is wanted or needed.     Often times, ETPCS caregivers start by helping with small 4-hour shifts each week and provide transportation to physician appointments, grocery shopping, housekeeping, bathing & dressing, medication reminders or weekly meal preparation.

“Personalized care for specific needs” is our promise to you. Our goal is to develop a customized plan of care for you or your loved one and provide compassionate caregivers to meet those needs. East Tn Personal Care Service employs RNs and LPNs to perform Quality Assurance Home Visits as well as Fall Risk Assessments.

If you are in need of assistance or just have questions about local resources, please contact East TN Personal Care Service by email at or by phone 865-692-2200. Find us online at

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