How can you know when your parents need extra care? Doubts will start creeping in about whether they can manage the house, their money, and their health.
Have you noticed any of these signs?
- Your parents don’t open their windows or blinds.
- Their hallways and walkways are cluttered.
- They don’t change light bulbs when they burn out.
- They eat foods with expired freshness dates and sometimes skip meals.
- They don’t bathe or shower often enough.
- Their hair or nails are unkempt.
These small signs give ample warning that your aging parents may be having trouble keeping up with daily life. This can lead to depression and a further decline in energy and motivation.
If a parent lives alone and suffers from restricted mobility, personal contact is a need that may go unfulfilled. Telephone calls and e-mails are no substitute for conversation and a comforting touch. Your parent’s mental state is directly related to physical health and should be accommodated when considering personal care.
Our counselors and RNs at Partners in Healthcare are available to talk with you about your in-home care needs including how to reduce caregiver stress while providing better, affordable care. We are a senior care agency providing elder care in Orlando, 407-788-9393.
Hank Charpentier, BSB, MBA, MA, Certified Senior Adviser