Have you started to suspect that your parent is not doing so well living on their own? Experts say there are several things you should look for that will help you determine if it is time to make a change in their living situation.
One of the biggest concerns for families is safety as they begin to see their parents struggle with health issues that can make them more vulnerable to accidents and medical crises. Things to be on the lookout for include poor balance or failing eyesight that increases their risk for a fall; or the worry that comes from knowing they have already fallen. Maybe you have noticed bruises or cuts they are reluctant to talk about. In addition, if your parent is still driving, have they recently had a fender bender or another mishap while driving?
Are you worried your loved one’s forgetfulness is putting their safety in jeopardy? Do you have reason to believe that they are prone to wander or that their forgetfulness is leading to behaviors such as leaving the stove-top or oven on?
Other signs that your parent needs more help is if you have noticed a change in their hygiene such as wearing the same clothes day after day and having difficulty with personal bathing and toileting. Do they look as if they have lost weight recently? Is the refrigerator empty or filled with spoiled food? Also look around their home. Has there been a change in their housekeeping such as dirty dishes in the sink, mail stacking up and unread, and a general neglectful look to the home.
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