7 Signs an Elderly Person Should Not Live Alone

Elderly Person That Should Not Be Left Alone


It can sometimes be difficult to know if it is time for a senior to move into a facility. It can also put a lot of strain on the family. At some point, however, it may be unsafe for your elderly parent to live alone and making a move may be the best decision.

Signs an Elderly Person Is Unsafe Living Alone

Here are some signs that your parent might be dangerous to live alone.

Memory Loss

Forgetting is perfectly normal, but when it becomes more of a regular occurrence, it may be a sign of memory loss. It may make it difficult to live alone safely. Watch out for things like forgetting important info, such as street name, where items were placed, names, and other info.

Poor Nutrition

Watch out for someone who is eating too much or has a loss of appetite. Weight loss and weight gain can be signs of poor nutrition as well.

Neglected Chores

If you notice that there are unpaid bills or household tasks are going undone, such as cleaning. It could be a signal that your parent is not able to live alone any longer.


Keep an eye open for unexplained injuries or bruises. These are often signs of falling or bumping into things.


Watch out for damage to the house, car, or other items. It is especially important to note if the cause of the damage cannot be recalled by your parent.


If an older adult fails to recognize things and people that are familiar, these can be signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s, which both require close monitoring. Individuals with these symptoms should not live alone.

Poor Hygiene

Note whether or not your parent is keeping clean and dressing appropriately. For example, wearing shorts on a cold day or smelling bad can be signs of not maintaining proper hygiene.  

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