Caring workplace article - December 2011


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Caring workplace article - December 2011

  1. 1. Happy Holidays, From Our Family To Yours!The staff at St. Andrew’s Senior Solutions would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yourfamily a peaceful and joyful holiday season. The holidays are a wonderful time to come together andcreate memories that will last a lifetime, and we wish your family a season full of health, love, andhappiness.We would also like to use this time as a reminder that help is just a phone call away if you havequestions or about your loved one’s or your family’s caregiving situation. This time of year our staffoften sees an increase in reports of concern from family members who may not be able to spend timewith their older loved ones on a regular basis. With more and more families dealing with long distancecaregiving, and relying on phone calls or other forms of communication rather than in person visits, alot of significant details can be missed. When we do come together, changes or a decline in health oractivity may be much more noticeable. If you find yourself in this situation and are wondering whatmay be normal versus what is cause for concern, here are some warning signs that help may beneeded:  Change in eating habits, including weight loss/gain or general change in appetite  Neglected personal care  Lack of home maintenance/housekeeping  General weakness or difficulty with mobility  Increased confusion/forgetfulness  Decreased social interaction, inactivity  Unusual display of unopened mail, missed appointments, unfilled prescriptions, etc.  Mishandling finances/Unusual purchases  Expired foods, inadequate supply of food, or hoarding foodKeep in mind that anything that is a significant change may be a cause for concern. If your mother wasnever very social then it may not be an issue that she does not wish to get out of the house much giventhe hectic pace of the holidays. But if she unfailingly made it to Bingo, her weekly hair appointment,and all of her church holiday functions yet suddenly she prefers to stay in, this may be a sign of a largerproblem. If you notice any of these warning signs or would like assistance in discussing and planningfor a loved one’s future needs, please do not hesitate to contact your Elder Care Specialist at yourconvenience. We are happy to help, now and throughout the year. From all of us at St. Andrew’s SeniorSolution, Happy Holidays!!!! For more information contact your Caring Workplace Eldercare Specialist, Heather O’Brien at 314-802-5106, Toll free 1- 888-388-1930 or THE CHOICES YOU WANT. THE SOLUTIONS YOU NEED. WORRY LESS.