Time for a Holiday Wellness Check
Seniors living independently may not be safe on their own. This holiday season, if you are visiting an elderly loved one living alone and are concerned for their well-being, follow these steps to perform a quick wellness check:
Give them a hug
With a full embrace around their back share your love, but also feel for frail frames or prominent bones indicating a decline in weight. Clothes can hide a lot. Improper nutrition or a medical condition can contribute to weight loss.
Check the refrigerator
Take a glance inside the refrigerator for expired food, lack of fresh vegetables or even something that's not supposed to be in there (television remote control?). Lack of nutrition or dehydration can affect health.
Review the mail
When checking on aging parent, glance through the recent mail to ensure that bills are being paid in a timely manner. Also, look for scams that target seniors.
If you are worried about the well-being of an elderly loved one, we can help.
Contact ActivCare at Brittany House at 562-364-1918 for free resources. We can even schedule our Nurse Case Manager to visit your loved one and provide a free wellness assessment.