If you’re helping an aging friend, relative, or parent, you at some point will have an idea that they may need extra help —- more than what you can do. The fact that this idea even comes to mind, no matter how fleetingly, is a pretty sure indicator that this is true. Learn to trust your instincts. Just ask yourself …. are things going as smoothly as they used to? Do you find yourself doing more and more and is caring for your loved one taking up more time than you have? It’s time to have a frank and honest discussion about getting some help. It’s a pretty sure bet that your aging parent won’t bring this topic up. After all, life has been humming along just fine (with your help) and admitting outside help may be needed seems like an admission that they can’t take care of themselves any more. In their view, needing help may mean a loss of independence. It’s important to point out to your aging loved one that help actually means being able to stay where they want to be…. in their own home. Your loved one will have a greater sense of control and an improved quality of life. If you aren’t certain if it’s time for “the talk”, here are some signs to look for.
*Are medications being taken on schedule and are the prescriptions being refilled on time?
*Is personal hygiene good? Is your loved one bathed and wearing clean clothes?
*Is the home being kept clean and uncluttered?
*Are bills being paid on time and finances kept in order?
*Is your loved one getting out of the house and keeping up with social contacts?
*Are the refrigerator and cupboards stocked with a variety of foods? Is there any expired food in the refrigerator?
*Is your senior able to drive safely? Are there any dents or scratches on the car?
*Are appointments being kept?
*Is your loved one able to get out of the house to run errands?
*Are safety precautions being taken? Is the oven turned off properly? Are the windows and doors being locked?
If you see any of these signs or a combination of them, it may be time for an honest conversation about your concerns. Don’t give in to denial. It may very well lead to an avoidable crisis that you will regret. How did you know your loved one needed more help? Share below and visit us at http://www.trilliumhomecare.com