Home for the Holidays: Recognizing When Extra Support May Be Needed
We all know just how special it is to gather during the holidays with family and friends, share stories of the past, and simply be together once again. In addition to creating new memories, the holiday season also provides a unique opportunity to engage in a thoughtful "check-in" on the well-being of our older loved ones.
It's essential to watch out for signs and situations that may indicate a need for extra support, ensuring that the holidays remain not only merry but also safe for everyone involved.
If you’re not sure where to begin, this episode will guide you through ways to prepare your home for family visits, focusing on the care needs of your elderly loved ones and recognizing when they might need assistance.
Regardless of whether you’ve been noticing some telltale signs for a while or are simply curious as to what they are, this episode promises to provide you with insights to ensure your loved one gets the exact kind of care they need.
Listen in and learn how to prevent avoidable issues from happening, learn how to spot the signs of needing support, and master the art of empathetic communication with your loved one.
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Tune in for insights and resources from Mary Ann Pickell, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®, Certified Dementia Practitioner®, and President of CarePatrol of Lehigh Valley and Upper Bucks.
About Mary Ann Pickell:
Mary Ann Pickell is a Certified Senior Advisor and Certified Dementia Practitioner located in the Lehigh Valley. She is the owner and independent operator of CarePatrol of the Lehigh Valley and Upper Bucks region.
Mary Ann was employed as a Senior Care Consultant and Marketing Director with CarePatrol for 4.5 years prior to purchasing the franchise from the previous owner. Before joining CarePatrol, she was a Marketing Associate with a non-medical home care agency; this is where the love of working with the older adult population began.
Throughout her career, she has held management roles in sales and marketing but has found her passion for helping families when they are dealing with making difficult decisions about senior care.
Mary Ann serves on the Board of Lehigh Valley Aging in Place as Co-Chairperson for the Membership Committee and serves on the LVAIP Symposium Committee. Recently, she served as Vice President of the Board. She is a current member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
Mary Ann resides in the Lehigh Valley area along with her husband, three children, and two
- Considerations to keep in mind when hosting older adults who may have special care needs
- Steps hosts can take to prepare their home for older adults who will be visiting during the holidays
- Ways to keep older adults engaged in family activities during the holidays
- Common signs and situations that might indicate that an older loved one needs extra support
- Tips on starting the conversation about the next steps of care with an elderly loved one
- 20 Signs that Your Loved One May Need More Help
- 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