Help at Home for the Holidays

Help at Home for the Holidays

Signs That Mom or Dad May Need Home Care—What to Look for During Your Holiday Visit

Sometimes “Home for the Holidays” may be more than what you were expecting and oftentimes overwhelming. It is not unusual to return home for the holidays and find that your aging loved one has changed and just no longer seems safe and healthy at home. If you have some concerns during your next holiday visit, or at any time of year, there are a number of indicators that your aging parent, loved one, or friend may need some assistance to live safely and stay healthy in their own home. Here are some warning signs to look for when you come home to visit:

 

HOUSEHOLD
• Unopened mail and unpaid bills
• Extreme clutter, trash not taken out
• Urine smell in house
• Spoiled or not enough food in refrigerator
• Car with new dents or scratches—difficulty driving

 

APPEARANCE
• Soiled or wrinkled clothes
• Uncombed hair
• Body odor
• Weight loss
• Bruises on arms or legs

 

MENTAL STATE
• Missing appointments
• Forgetfulness
• Mood swings—angry or introverted
• Not taking or taking too much medication
• Repeated questions or difficulty conversing
• Phone calls in the middle of the night
• Seeing or talking to deceased friends or family
• Not socializing with friends

 

PHYSICAL STATE
• Difficulty with mobility
• Struggle to get up from chair
• Loss of interest in activities
• Change in eating habits—appetite loss

 

We know that this is not an easy situation to deal with, but it is not unusual, and we can help. If you experience some of these warning signs during your next visit with your parent or loved one, it may mean they need to have some assistance provided in their home. Christian Family Solutions Home Care would be happy to provide you with a free home assessment.

 

We also provide electronic systems that can be placed in the home, like our Medication Monitoring Program, our Tele-Check Program, and our Personal Emergency Response System. These can be implemented no matter where your loved one lives in the country.

 

For more information, or if you’d just like to talk to someone about your concerns for your aging loved one, please call us at 888.685.9522 and ask for Senior Services or e-mail info@wlcfs.org.