Holiday Visits: Be Aware of the Signs an Aging Parent’s Needs Have Changed
Spending time with family is one of the biggest gifts of the holiday season. Since we’re all trying to accomplish so much and find ourselves spread thin, this might be one of the few chances for extended relatives to be in one place, enjoying each other’s company. It is the perfect opportunity to make sure that the seniors in your life are doing well and maintaining their independence. While visiting together, here are some signs to look for that may signify a change and let you know that a senior loved one requires some extra help with their day to day lives:
*A home that is disorganized, cluttered or dirty, especially if your loved one has always been fastidiously neat or organized.
*Expired or long outdated groceries in the refrigerator or pantry, especially if the food has started to smell or turn moldy.
*Bruises or cuts on your loved one, especially if these injuries are unexplained or seem to be a common occurrence.
*Unpaid bills, bounced checks or calls from collections, signifying a change in the way bills are being paid.
*Home elements that are not being properly maintained like damaged fixtures or broken appliances. Are smoke alarms and light bulbs working? Note any changes in the outside of the home, including yard maintenance.
*Confusion when doing day to day activities like cleaning or cooking as well as changes in mood. Do you detect a difference in demeanor?
*Changes in physical appearance including personal hygiene, weight loss or gain and the state of clothing.
*Is your loved one taking their prescription medications as directed? Are they keeping appointments with doctors?
*Is your loved one having issues while driving? Are there unexplained damage or dents to their car?
Noticing changes can open a discussion with siblings and other family members to formulate a plan to help your loved one maintain their independence and stay as safe and comfortable as possible. Having a conversation about life changing options isn’t always the easiest to start but it will give you valuable peace of mind as well as provide your loved one the opportunity to live their best life.
Finding senior living options is easier when you work with someone who truly understands the communities available as well as the needs of your loved one. At CarePatrol, our senior care advisors will help you find the right senior living solution for your family by partnering with you for every step of the process. We will help you find the right place based on criteria including needs, desires and budget, accompany you to tour vetted communities and even make move-in day less stressful.