Christmas is a time when families get together. Many adult children often return home for the holidays after being away for sometimes many months, only to find there’s been a decline in mom or dads’ mental and/or physical health which usually requires care.
What Are the Signs That Your Loved One May Need
Supportive Senior or Assisted Living?
Here is an “Independent Living Test” for families who are caring for aging loved ones
Individuals with elderly or disabled relatives know that it can be very difficult to determine when their loved ones need assistance with everyday activities that would prevent them from being able to live independently. This is particularly true for those whose family members have dementia or early Alzheimer’s disease. The effects of dementia can be subtle making the need for long-term care not as apparent as an actual physical disability.
The following questions can be used to determine whether a loved one is having difficulty in performing everyday activities. The results may reveal whether the family member can live independently or whether intervention is necessary. Long-term care situations can be stressful for individuals receiving care and caregivers alike, as they try to figure out the level of support they need, where the care should take place and how to pay for care.
Independent Living Test:
- Are prescriptions not being refilled, resulting in failure to take medication when scheduled?
- Has taking medication become difficult due to poor memory or confusion? Evidence may include pills taken together that should not be, different pills mixed in a pillbox or an oversupply or under-supply of pills.
- Have conditions previously under control become acute because medication is not being taken correctly?
Food and Groceries
- Based on past food habits, are the cupboards frequently empty or being filled with unusual foods?
- Is the food in the refrigerator often spoiled or kept long beyond the ”use by” date?
- Is the mail being picked up and opened regularly or is it remaining uncollected and/or unopened?
- Are credit cards or checkbook being misused or not balanced as well as in the past?
- Has the amount of social contact changed dramatically, so that there are few public outings or limited social visits with close friends?
- Has the ability to drive deteriorated? Is there a fear of driving or a recent history of multiple minor accidents that is leading to isolation?
- Has there been a change in living habits such as a change in dress or appearance, or a decline in personal hygiene not related to physical disability? Is dress appropriate for the weather?
- Have housekeeping habits changed so that a normally neat and orderly home is now cluttered and not cleaned regularly?
- Are pets that were normally well cared for suddenly not being fed or cared for as they had been in the past?
- Is there a sudden increase in ordering unnecessary items through mail or televised Advertisements?
- Increase in calls to Family Members or Health Care Providers
- Have unnecessary calls been made to 911
- Has there been a marked increase in panic calls to family or medical providers without apparent need?
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