4 Ways to Evaluate An Aging Loved One's Elder Care Needs
4 Ways to Evaluate An Aging Loved Ones Elder Care Needs
Tis the season! Its that time of year when wegather to break bread, exchange gifts and... discusselder care?Discussing senior care with an elderly loved one andother family members is probably not exactly a holidaystaple, but is not to be overlooked.
According to ComPsych Chief Executive Officer Richard Chaifetz in arecent USA Today article, its a good idea to go home prepared to have agood time but to be aware of changes occuring in older parents.
So why does all of this often fall during the holiday season? If you thinkabout it, while relatives may keep in touch throughout the year, theholidays are a time when families gather after long absences.
"A lot of people will decide not to say anything to parents when theyrevisiting," Chaifetz points out, "but then theyll go home and start torealize their parents might need help."And when it comes to important conversations about elder care, theearlier you can have them, the better.
Urgent situations are stressful enough, so if families are starting fromsquare one with important decisions, it can really add on.Here are four questions to ask yourself when trying to determine if anaging parent needs helps:
How do they look?If they used to be fashion divas or dapper Dans and now their clothesare dirty or do not match, be sure to ask the next three questions.
Is the home in good order?If the house and property were always photo-ready for Home andGarden and now they are messy or have stacks of old newspapers andmagazines scattered around, that could signify other problems.
Are they eating well?If the refrigerator lacks healthy ingredients, your parents might not bemeeting nutritional needs.
How are their cognitive skills?If there are unpaid bills or expired pill bottles, they might havedepression or dementia.
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