Houston seniors are finding that stalled interest rates may be making a dent in their retirement portfolio and many households are seeking ways to economize in order to stretch their resources. However, family caregivers should be aware of the warning signs that their senior’s lifestyle could be suffering from cutting too many corners in everyday expenses.
Families can play an important role in monitoring seniors who have decided to scale back because of the economy. Even seemingly innocent decisions, like cutting back a little on groceries or air conditioning, can have a damaging impact on health and safety. Cuts of essential items such as food and medication should be of immediate concern to seniors’ families.
Particularly, families should be aware of subtle lifestyle changes in their seniors that could lead to safety and health concerns or social isolation. Family caregivers can evaluate their senior’s lifestyle by asking themselves these questions:
1. Is your senior’s home too warm in the summer and too cold in the winter?
2. Is the lawn being mowed or the sidewalk cleared in snowy weather?
3. Is your loved one complaining about not being able to afford medications?
4. Are basic home repairs being ignored?
5. Is there a shortage of food in the house?
6. Is your senior skipping doctor’s appointments?
7. Is your older adult staying home more and becoming isolated?
8. Is your senior cutting out entertainment?
9. Does your loved one eat out less?
10. Did your senior cancel a vacation?
Sometimes, speaking with our loved ones about sensitive topics can be difficult. If you need help in approaching these important talking points, visit www.4070talk.com for helpful tips on maintaining a positive conversation.
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We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.