Many of us live far away from our parents and traveling to visit them during the holidays may be the only time we get to observe them. Now that they are approaching their 80s, we may start to notice things are starting to look different.
To help you assess whether it’s time to get help caring for your aging parents, see if you notice any of the following:
- Noticeable weight loss
- Cognitive changes in memory and judgement
- Cluttered environment
- Unkempt appearance
- Insufficient basic food supplies
- Unsanitary conditions
- Burn marks from smoking
- Burned pots and pans
- High stacks of newspaper
- Unopened mail
- Odors indicating Incontinence
- Seasonally inappropriate home temperature
Sure there are some changes, as we age, that are normal and others that require you to move to the next step – getting an assessment and having a plan for a possible crisis before it happens.
If you see one or more of these issues during your visit, dial our Experts-on-Call line at 888-585-7579 to receive a free consultation with a professional who can help you prioritize concerns and connect you to resources that will reduce stress, save time and most of all ensure quality of life for everyone in the family.
These tips were shared by one of the Professional Care Managers in our network, Leah Cohen, LCSW, CSW, CCM, TxG, NG, CHQM of arrangeCare pc in Austin, TX.