Checking in with Mom and Dad Over the Holidays

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When traveling home for the holidays, adult children can use this as an opportunity to ensure their loved one's health is in top shape. Knowing what to look for is key.

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Checking in with Mom and Dad Over the Holidays

  1. 1. Traveling home to visit your parents over the holidays can be oneof the most special experiences of the year. But going over the hilland through the woods to Grandma’s house isn’t just a festiveexperience: it offers you a chance to see first-hand how mom anddad are doing.brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  2. 2. The National Alliance for Caregiving estimates that 7,000,000 Americans care for a loved one from a distance. As the population of older adults in the United States skyrockets, this number will grow along with it.brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  3. 3. If you don’t see your elderly loved ones regularly, when you drop by for theholidays, you may be surprised at the changes you observe in their mentalstatus and physical ability. While you are at home, use the following checklistto evaluate how your loved ones are doing living independently. brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  4. 4. Are your loved ones acting differently? • Do they repeat themselves frequently? • Do they seem agitated, anxious, or depressed? • Do they laugh at old stories and visit old friends, or have they become more antisocial?brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  5. 5. How is their health? • Have they lost weight? Weight loss can be a sign of illness and/or malnourishment, and should be brought to a physician’s attention. • Are they unstable on their feet or holding onto furniture to walk? • Do they report falling? • Do they recognize that they need to use a cane, walker, or bathroom grab bars?brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  6. 6. Are they taking care of themselves? • Do they appear clean? • Do they dress like they always have? • Are they drinking more alcohol? • Are their prescriptions current? • Do they identify a need for help with a bath? Look for bruising.brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  7. 7. Are they in control of their finances? • What kind of shape is the checkbook in? • Are any of the checks to people or organizations you are unfamiliar with? • Do you find unpaid or delinquent bills in the desk?brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  8. 8. Are they in control of domestic life? • Are messages left on the answering machine? • Is there fresh, nutritious food in the cupboard and refrigerator? • Are smoke detectors working correctly? • Is the microwave oven clean? • Are there burn marks anywhere?brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  9. 9. Side note: Now is a good time to do minor upkeep on your parents’ home. Replace all the batteries while you are home. Check the electrical outlets for burning and remove extension cords. Replace open, electrical space heaters. Place them away from furniture.brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  10. 10. Here for you and your familythroughout the entire holiday season. brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.

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