7 Signs Your Senior May Need Assistance

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To discuss the signs and symptom's of seniors at risk of declining health and identify potential forms of assistance available in the community


Most families eventually have to deal with the complicated and overwhelming question:

How do I know when an aging relative needs more assistance than our family can provide?
One thing is certain: your parents will not be the ones to tell you they need help!
We at Senior Places Network can help... Feel free o contact us
714 458 1385

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7 Signs Your Senior May Need Assistance

  1. 1. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES CARING FOR THE SENIORS IN OUR LIVES SIGNS & SYMPTOM'S THAT OUR OLDER LOVED ONE’S MAY NEED MORE ASSISTANCE HOME CARE | HOME HEALTH | RCFE | ASSISTED LIVING | DME | HOSPICE| ELDERCARE ATTORNEY | SENIOR CARE PROVIDERS | SKILLED NURSING HHA PATIENT
  2. 2. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS AND THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS WHO CARE FOR THEM • Non Medical Homecare • Transitional Care Management • Free Referral/ Placement Services • Medical Supplies • Non Emergency Medical Transportation • Geriatric Care Management & Advocacy
  3. 3. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS AND THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS WHO CARE FOR THEM • How many people have parents that are the oldest they have ever been? • How many people have had to deal with some form of the medical system or caregiving in relationship to their aging parents? • How many of us are older today then we have ever been???? • Currently 10,000 Americans a day turn 65 years old
  4. 4. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS Objective: To discuss the signs and symptom's of seniors at risk of declining health and identify potential forms of assistance available in the community
  5. 5. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS Most families eventually have to deal with the complicated and overwhelming question: How do I know when an aging relative needs more assistance than our family can provide? One thing is certain: your parents will not be the ones to tell you they need help!
  6. 6. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS • Adult children sometimes experience a rude awakening when first discovering their aging parents are not able to function as they once did. • For children who do not see their parents often, this can be particularly unsettling. • No adult son or daughter wants to admit that a parent who provided life, nurturing and was a vibrant role model during childhood is now in need of care.
  7. 7. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS So the question becomes, what are the important signs that your loved one needs assistance, and what kind of help do they really need? Many aging seniors need some degree of help with daily tasks.
  8. 8. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS These tasks include • Bathing • Cooking • Eating • Changing clothes and getting safely into and out of the bathtub • Driving to a doctor’s appointment or • Just running daily errands.
  9. 9. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS Often, as the aging process unfolds, your senior may exhibit even more needs, such as • Early signs of mild cognitive impairment • Inability to consistently take medications correctly or • Financial vulnerability to scam artists who target seniors.
  10. 10. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS So, what are some of the common indicators that your parents may need assistance or care? Here are some of the tell tale signs: • Neglected Home • Poor Eating Habits • Neglected Hygiene • Depression • Forgetfulness • Unopened Mail and Mishandled Finances
  11. 11. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS Neglected Home A neglected home is generally an easy warning sign to spot and may mean the older adult needs a little extra help taking care of the house. Other physical clues around your parents' home may be a red flag • The smell of urine - indicating possible bouts of incontinence • Scorched pots and pans, indicating forgetfulness while cooking. • Spoiling food in the refrigerator is another sign that your loved one is not eating meals regularly or may need help in preparing food.
  12. 12. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS Poor Eating Habits A decrease in appetite is not unusual for the elderly. It is often difficult to spot this warning sign, which is why it is particularly important to pay attention to cooking and eating habits. Additionally, monitoring your loved one for weight loss is recommended.
  13. 13. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS Neglected Hygiene Body odor, neglected fingernails and/or teeth are easily noticeable warning signs showing that your senior needs attention. This could be due to your aging parent not being able to safely get into the shower or bath. Do a physical assessment of the bathroom; consider placing grab bars, or getting a raised toilet seat.
  14. 14. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS Neglected Hygiene (cont’d) Also, check to see if the laundry is getting done. Often, you may see aging parents wearing the same clothes for several days in a row. This could be an indicator of forgetfulness or simply a sign that it is too difficult for the older adult to load and unload clothes from the washing machine and dryer. Forgetfulness is one of the many early signs of dementia
  15. 15. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS Depression If your parent is depressed, you may observe unusual behavior, or a general change in their normal demeanor. Symptoms include: • lack of drive or motivation • failure to return phone calls • or they just don’t “seem like themselves”. Changes in normal routines such as gardening or meeting with the “bridge club” or just a general social withdrawal are also signs of depression and an indicator that assistance may be needed.
  16. 16. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS Forgetfulness You may notice one or more of the following warning signs indicating cognitive impairment; forgetfulness can often be the early sign of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s or some other type of memory impairment.
  17. 17. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES Forgetfulness (cont’d) SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS Confusion Consistent memory lapses Difficulty performing familiar tasks Frequently misplacing things Getting lost walking or driving Repetitive Speech Loss of initiative Unable to complete a sentence Rapid mood swings or changes in behavior Changes in personality Cannot recall names of familiar people or objects
  18. 18. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS A more difficult sign to spot -- and potentially a much more embarrassing issue for your senior - is neglected financial matters. Check to see whether bills are being paid on time, and make sure they are not being paid twice. Lost cash or hidden money may be signals that someone needs to step in and help with finances. Unopened Mail and Mishandled Finances
  19. 19. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS If you are concerned that your parents are experiencing one or more of the above indicators, the next step: • Realize and forgive yourself for any denial you may be in • Talk to your parents – often they are afraid to be a burden • Talk to rest of your family about the care or assistance they may need • Make an appointment with your loved ones primary physician and review the current medication regime and surrounding circumstances What can you do….
  20. 20. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS Our Senior Community Liaisons are available to provide a NO COST in-home assessment of your needs, or if you prefer we can prepare a customized care plan based on your unique needs over the telephone. We offer personalized service and support in finding the right care for your family. What can you do….
  21. 21. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS If you would like help in determining what the appropriate amount of care is or what local resources are available to you and your family, please feel free to call us at Senior Places Network. 714 458 1385 What can you do….
  22. 22. ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES SENIOR PLACES NETWORK ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS Elena Merchand LVN,WCC,DCC www.SeniorPlacesNetwork.com elena@SeniorPlacesNetwork.com 714 458 1385 THANK YOU

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