What to Look for When Visiting an Aging Parent
Visiting loved ones as they age can be a deeply meaningful experience, but it also comes with a responsibility to ensure their well-being. During these visits, it's essential to be observant and proactive in assessing their physical, emotional, and cognitive health.
Listen to this episode as we explore care needs indicators to pay attention to, share valuable insights, and offer practical tips to help you make the most out of your visits while providing the best care for your aging loved ones.
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Tune in for insights and resources from Wendy Tatlok, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®, Certified Dementia Practitioner and Owner of CarePatrol of NW Greater Boston & the North Shore.
Wendy Tatlock is a Senior Living Advisor (CSA)®, Certified Dementia Practitioner, and owner of CarePatrol of NW Greater Boston & the North Shore. In her role, she listens carefully to all of her client's needs, concerns and preferences before recommending appropriate levels of care, such as Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care or In-Home Care. Wendy went through the same daunting experience recently when she helped find care for a family member in Columbus, Ohio. This experience gave her the passion that she has today to help families.
Wendy considers herself fortunate to serve seniors and their families as they face the complex challenge of finding the right senior living community.
Prior to CarePatrol, Wendy had a career in Corporate Marketing and Management for over 20 years. She is the caring mom of two active teenage boys, and when she is not assisting families, she enjoys jogging in the woods, eating out with friends, and attending her sons' basketball games.
- Misconceptions or common mistakes made when visiting aging parents
- Key change indicators to consider during visits, such as physical, behavioral, cognitive and mental health
- Steps to take if one identifies that the current living environment is not meeting care needs
- Tips for initiating conversations regarding overall well-being, especially if care needs have changed since the last visit
- Practical tips for making the most out of visits with aging parents and ensuring that their needs are met effectively
- Available resources or tools to help adult children keep track of their aging parents' health and well-being between visits
- 20 Signs that Your Loved One May Need More Help
- Reducing Fall Risks - Tips for Your Loved One
- Does My Loved One Need Senior Care? Top Signs It May Be Time – CarePatrol
- How to Prevent Falls in Your Aging Parent's Home – CarePatrol
- When to Consider Senior Living Options – CarePatrol
- Making The Most of Visits With Aging Parents
- Aging in Place: Tips on Making Home Safe and Accessible – National Institute on Aging
- How to Make a Home Safe for Your Aging Parent – AARP
- How to Prevent Falls with Home Safety Modifications – National Council on Aging