This is a comprehensive checklist when visiting aging parents to make sure they are still doing well on their own.
Many adult children can’t make it home to see their aging loved ones as often as they would like. The holidays offer an opportunity to visit with parents and grandparents. Are there things that changed since your last visit?
These are things you should look for:
Your Aging Parent’s Safety
According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, falls are the leading cause of product-related injuries among adults 65 and older, with 2/3 of hospital emergency room visits involving falls. Many of these injuries result from obstacles or hazards in the house that are easy to fix, but frequently overlooked.
Safety Inside the Home
Safety Outside of the Home
Your Aging Parent’s Health & Wellness
The number of home medication errors that resulted in calls to Poison Control doubled over a 13-year study period, according to recent research, and that’s only the mistakes that were phoned in.
Aches and pains can make it more difficult to complete every day housekeeping tasks. Have they lost interest in maintaining their personal hygiene? – These are things to look for.
Changes in Memory
During this recent visit home, did you notice changes in your older loved one’s ability to remember or recall information? This can be due to an undiagnosed illness (such as a urinary tract infection). Other times it could be an indicator of memory loss and indicates they should see a doctor. Here’s some helpful questions to answer.
Senior’s Social Life
Depression is not a normal sign of aging. Difficulty arranging transportation or a loss of interest in activities that your loved one once loved can be signs of significant changes since your last visit.
During your visit with an aging loved one over the holidays, be sure to get answers to these important questions and check for signs that they are still doing well on their own.
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