Thanksgiving is a time when many families get together. If you are visiting an aging relative, be sure to notice signs that it may be time to start preparing for their future. Often, by simply observing your loved ones while spending time with them, you can notice if they will soon need an assisted living home or soon will.
The first and noticeable thing to look for is their appearance. Look to see if they are still capable of dressing, bathing and grooming themselves. Look to see if they wear weather-appropriate clothing and are clean. By evaluating their appearance, you can tell a lot about whether or not there are underlying conditions going on with your loved one.
Next, look around your senior's medicine cabinet. If you find expired prescriptions that are still full, your loved one may be forgetting or refusing to take their medications. Asking questions about your loved one's health and prescriptions can give you insight into how well their memory is and how capable they are of managing their medications.
While you are there, take a look around their home. Check to see how clean and clutter free their home is. If there is a lot of clutter, perhaps cleaning is too much for them to handle either physically or mentally. Even though housekeeping is typically an easy chore, it can become a burden and safety hazard for seniors.
Lastly, you should take a look into your loved one's social life. The elderly are especially at risk of feeling depressed and isolated. See if they have any upcoming plans with friends or family and ask what activities they do for fun. Isolation can have devastating effects on health so ensuring that seniors have the quality of life they deserve is critical.
Although discussing health, finances and the future with a loved one is difficult, it is imperative that your family has a plan. By being aware of your loved one's situation and having a plan for assisted living, you can better deal with future transitions.
For information on assisted living and Alzheimer’s care, contact Spring Arbor.