The holidays are meant to be a time for celebration. For adult children who travel to visit their elderly parents, the holidays are also a practical time to check on mom and dad’s health and look for signs that your aging parents may need help. It’s important to get together with your siblings and make sure mom and dad are well taken care of.
Here are some things to look out for when visiting elderly family members this holiday season:
- Does mom or dad look unhealthy or frail?
- Are they still well-dressed and groomed?
- Is the house clean? Is the trash being taken out?
- Are there food products in the refrigerator past their expiration date?
- Are there bills piling up in the house?
- Are there any tripping hazards?
- Do they remember to take their medications?
All aging parents are going to experience the normal changes that come with growing older. It’s important to recognize these changes before they leave your loved ones at risk of personal injury or other health issues. Find the right time to talk in a private setting. Be calm and respectful in explaining your concerns, and ask your loved ones if they share your observations or have other concerns.
If you decide that it’s time for additional help, contact Senior Placement Services, a free service that helps seniors and their families to locate the retirement community that best suits their individual needs. The Senior Placement Services team has more than 40 years of combined experience working with seniors in a variety of different roles. Senior Placement Services can recommend local senior communities, arrange tours, and accompany their clients on these tours.
To learn more about the options for your loved ones, visit www.seniorplacementservicesllc.com