Secrets can be dangerous, especially when you're a family caregiver to an elderly loved one. Your loved one might not want to tell you some of these things, but you need to know about them.
Problems with Eyesight or Hearing
If your loved one can't see or hear well, that's going to affect how she manages when she's out in the world. It can affect her at home, too, even if she doesn't feel as if it can. Make sure that you keep up with your loved one's eye doctor appointments and mention hearing testing to her doctor. Having a baseline means that you'll be able to spot changes in her sight or hearing that much more readily.
Falls or Dizzy Feelings
Feelings of dizziness can lead your loved one to be a little more unstable on her feet. If she's experiencing this problem, the cause can be anything from a health condition to side effects from her medication. It's important to narrow down the cause so you can treat it. If your loved one is falling and not letting you know, that can be a serious problem. Falls are a significant source of injury for elderly loved ones and can be contributing factors in major health problems later.
Your loved one may not want to cause you concern, but chronic pain is a common problem. She may have pain due to old injuries or because of a current health problem, but regardless, it needs to be managed properly. If she's self-medicating, that can cause other problems for her. Talk to your loved one's doctor about how to spot pain in your loved one and work out a plan for managing it properly.
Problems with Driving
Driving can be a way for your loved one to feel in control of her life and to feel as if she's still got some of her independence. But if she's having issues with her driving, such as forgetting where she was going or getting into accidents, it may be time for her to hang up the keys. Talk to your loved one about her driving or arrange to be her copilot for a drive to see what her driving is really like.
Talk openly with your loved one about these situations and stress to her that you want to help her. The more she lets you know, the better help you can provide.
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