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Household Chores | Common Signs

  • Doesn't notice when chores need to be done (e.g. trash cans allowed to overflow, lawn is overgrown)
  • Must be prompted to begin household chores
  • Leaves chores unfinished (e.g. mows half of the lawn)
  • Does not do chores correctly (e.g. does not use dish soap to wash dishes)
  • Has difficulty doing simple tasks (e.g. changing a light bulb, turning on the vacuum)
  • Requires direction or supervision to do chores properly (This can also be an example of the symptom of unsafe actions.)
  • Does not keep up on regular household maintenance (e.g. car repairs, painting)
  • Does the same chore over and over (e.g. vacuums the same room twice in one day). (This can also be an example of the symptom of repetitive behavior.)
  • Complains that chores are too physically demanding
  • Expects others to do chores that he/she has always done
  • Thinks that he/she is still doing chores that others are doing now (e.g. laundry, household repairs) (This can also be an example of the symptom of impaired comprehension/understanding).
Household Chores | General Description

The state of a person's home or yard provides valuable information about the level of functioning of the individual. The person you care for may have difficulty continuing their regular household maintenance and may need assistance. They may need a reminder to do the chore, or require direction to do chores properly or safely. However, they may refuse assistance which can result in the chores being completed incorrectly, and thereby creating more work for the caregiver. The person you care for may still be able to perform some tasks, but not others. For example, they may be able to sweep the floors but are not able to vacuum. Also, they may find trying to complete the whole process physically demanding and they may need to break chores down into more manageable steps. Often times, they may stop doing their chores because they may find it overwhelming, or they no longer feel motivated.

In Frontotemporal dementia , the person's ability to initiate and follow through on tasks is quite impaired. This might be noticed quickly by family and friends when a clean household suddenly becomes dramatically unkempt.

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See Also:
Symptom Library > Behaviour > Repetitive Behaviour
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Unsafe Actions
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Comprehension/ Understanding
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Independence
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Decision Making
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Motivation
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Last updated January 13, 2019
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