Don't Wait for the Holidays: How to be Proactive about Staying on Top of Your Elderly Parent's Care
Today, it's more common than ever for families and friends to live long distances away from each other, including from their aging parents.
Whether the children have relocated for work or the senior has retired to a resort community, in these situations, it may be that you don't get to spend as much time together as you'd like. A visit every few months and a daily phone call can show your loved one that you care
but you may be missing crucial signs that they need more help than you had realized.
A small dent in their car, a refrigerator full of spoiled food or a bruise from a fall they're too proud to admit could all be warning signs of underlying problems that you're not able to see over the phone.
Face-to-face interaction tends to remove the veil masking independence. That's why most professional caregivers are hired at or around the holidays. But in many cases, the problems don't begin during the holidays. That's just when most people finally notice them.
Don't wait until the next family gathering or holiday to know how your aging parent is living each day.
Unfortunately, it is inevitable that a person's fine motor skills will decrease as he or she ages. The changes can happen slowly or rapidly. This could make it hard for a senior to do everyday tasks that he or she has taken for granted, such as preparing food or dealing with fasteners on clothes.
Here are a few other things you can't see over the phone, but all of which could be signs that your loved one needs more care to live safely, comfortably and happily at home: