For many, memories of holiday meals and family traditions are the thoughts that occupy their minds in the days before our holiday seasons.
However, sometimes we are jolted back to the present when we return home and our aging parents may be showing signs of needing help.
How can you tell if your parents need help?
Home Instead Senior Care network, the American Society on Aging, the National Family Caregivers Association and National Alliance for Caregiving are hosting a web conference, “Home for the Holidays”. This 60-minute presentation appears on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and Monday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Please visit www.caregiverstress.com/familyeducation to register.
In the meantime, helpful tips for evaluating Mom’s or Dad’s needs are included below.
Honing in on Clues While Home for the Holidays: It’s More Than Just the Tinsel and the Turkey:
1. A change in the appearance of the home. If a once-immaculate home shows unusual signs of neglect, it may be time to evaluate the cause.
2. Clutter – Piles of magazines or clothing may indicate a need for more help in the home.
3. Dirty or unkempt clothing. Lack of interest in appearance can be a sign of depression or a need for help with day-to-day grooming.
4. Unpaid bills – A pile of unanswered mail is a red flag that additional help may be required.
5. Fresh food replaced with junk food. A loss of interest in cooking or low energy levels may have a senior resorting to quick-filling junk food.
6. Spoiled food in the fridge. Not only dangerous, but a sign that a senior may not be getting to the grocery store often.
7. Bugs or rodents in the home. A poorly cleaned home can be a haven for pests.
8. Confusion. Disorientation can be a sign that medication or medical issues should be assessed by a doctor.
9. Unfilled prescriptions. Financial concerns or forgetfulness can lead to improper use of medications.
10. Spills on floors or counter tops. Seniors with mobility issues may no longer be able to stoop or reach for clean ups. Are light bulbs working?
You may find that your senior can continue to remain independent with just a little additional help during the day. Or, you may find that your loved one may need more than the occasional assistance. If you need help in discussing these issues, please check out discussion tips at 40/70 Rule.
Have you encountered the changing lifestyles of your aging parents? How did you handle difficult topics? Please share your experiences with our readers.
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.