Holiday Get-togethers a Good Time to Assess Elder Parents’ Well-being

There’s nothing like going home for the holidays. The memories of beloved traditions and reuniting with family and friends is something millions of Americans look forward to every year.
For those who may see their parents only during the holidays, this may also be a time when they realize their loved ones are beginning to show signs that they are no longer living as robustly or as safely as they have in the past. Many children go home to discover a formerly healthy parent looking thin or frail, or a once immaculate home in disarray. These can be signs that a parent may need some outside help in managing their day-to-day activities.
Other signs that a parent may no longer be living safely include:

  • Weight loss
  • Memory loss
  • Unpaid bills
  • Inability to get around easily
  • Mood swings/depression
  • Excessive clutter around the house
  • Limited or spoiled food in the refrigerator
  • Expired prescriptions in medicine cabinet

If you notice any of these signs during your holiday visit, it may be time to consider enlisting the services of an aging life care professional or geriatric care manager. A care manage can provide a comprehensive assessment of your loved ones’ physical, emotional, social, financial and safety needs and then develop an individualized Care Plan that provides solutions and resources for both immediate and long-term needs. They can then monitor, coordinate and implement the plan to ensure all issues are addressed and help your loved one continue living a safe and enjoyable life.
Reuniting with family during the holidays provides an excellent opportunity to assess your loved one’s living situation and help them get the help they need if they’re showing any of the signs mentioned above. ProperCare has helped hundreds of families navigate the challenges of aging and assisted them in living lives of independence, dignity and purpose.

Categories: Geriatric Care

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