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Noticing the Need: Checking On Aging Parents Over the Holidays

The holidays are a seen for a time of joy, but often under-discussed is the reality that comes along with visiting loved ones who are aging. Many times, visits home leave relatives with wondering if their aging loved ones are losing their ability to live independently.

As someone who works with families each and every day, I’d like to share some key signs to help you or others notice the need for additional support.

Physical Appearance

How is your loved ones’ personal hygiene?

Do you notice any significant weight gain or loss?

How is their home – consistent with how they have always maintained their living space?

Do you notice any bruises or cuts?

Memory

Is your loved one remembering things accurately?

Is your senior alert and actively involved in conversations?

Motor Skills

Do you notice your loved one struggling with tasks that are usually simple to execute?

How is their balance?

Are you aware of any falls?

Mood

Does your loved one seem happy?

Do you notice any drastic mood swings?

Do they have enough interaction with others to keep them happy and engaged?

If you’ve noticed the need?

My recommendation is to begin to keep a list of observations, begin to research and then begin the conversation with your loved ones. 

For more information please contact (614) 515-6191 or visit our website www.homehelpershomecare.com/delaware-oh. We are here to help and look forward to connecting with your family.

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