When you don’t live close by, it can be hard to know how your senior parents are doing at home. Talking on the phone and sharing video is one thing, but going home for the holidays gives you the chance to check in on their well-being.
What to be aware of when your home for the holidays?
Here are 4 signs signs that your parents might need some extra help to stay safe and healthy:
1. Check Your Parent’s Car
New dents on the car or scrapes on the garage walls can be a sign of declining driving abilities. Try to ride with your parents during your stay to see how they are driving now. Drifting across lanes, driving much slower than normal, and not turning to look when backing up are signs that driving is not safe for them anymore.
The solution can be referring them to alternative transportation options, such as the bus or Uber. You should be prepared to have more than one conversation about scaling back or completely stopping driving with your loved one.
2. Is the family pet well groomed?
Pets can be a great source of companionship, but as we age, it can become difficult to look after our pets. If you find long claws and matted fur or a litter box overflowing, your folks may have some problems with pet care. It’s probably time to get some support from your loved one and their pets.
The solution can be dog-walking services, mobile pet groomers and vets can take care of the check-ups and chores. This allows your parents to enjoy the company of their pet.
3. Is your parent’s home a mess?
Your parents don’t need to have a spotless house, especially when they are getting ready to host for the holidays. However, if since your last visit their housekeeping has slipped significantly, they may need some help to keep their home. Mold and mildew, pests and spoiled food are signs that you need a different set of hands and eyes to keep your home safe and clean.
The solution can be considering hiring a regular cleaning service or an in-home assistant. Help your parents get in touch with pest control, mold remediation, and other resources needed to turn their home into a healthy environment.
4. Are your parents taking care of themselves?
Your senior parents self-care standards should be the same as the last time you saw them. It’s a possibility that cognitive impairment or physical limitations could cause noticeable changes to their appearance. Noticeable changes such as dirty clothing, dirty hair, or significant weight loss should be taken into account.
A loss of memory can cause your parents to forget about bathing, changing clothes, or eating. Also, mobility issues can make your parents ‘ daily activities too painful to handle on their own. Depending on the recommendations of your doctor, your parents may need an in-home assistant or a move to assisted living.
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