Spring gatherings are full of cheerful opportunities for senior adults to engage with their family and friends. In addition to egg hunts and Mother’s Day brunches, these holidays can also be the perfect time for adult children to make a few careful observations regarding their parent’s health and overall well-being. Before your next springtime event, consider these key points from Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque that will help you identify any needs your mom or dad may have for assistance.
Areas to Observe
When visiting your parent’s home, take a quick glance around the house to see if it is well kept. Many seniors will not ask for help out of the fear of losing their independence. Yet, you may notice unfinished chores or neglected maintenance. In addition to the home, take note of your parent’s overall appearance and demeanor to identify any potential changes. If other family members are included in the celebration, watch how they interact with your parent to see if there have been changes in mood or behavior.
Signs a Senior May be Struggling
During your time with your loved one, stay alert for the following signs that they may be struggling to meet their daily needs:
- Unkempt home
- Empty or poorly stocked refrigerator
- Stacks of unpaid bills
- Un-refilled medications
- Moodiness or isolative behavior
- Unsteadiness and trembling
- Physical changes such as weight loss
Broaching the Topic of Assistance
A family gathering is not the time to confront your loved one about his or her struggles. Instead, find a time after the celebration is over to meet with mom or dad. Approach the topic by telling them a few things that you have noticed, and ask if they have any requests for help around the house. Then, discuss potential options such as having an in-home caregiver provide services throughout the week. By making sure that your loved one knows you have their best interests at heart, you can help them to preserve their independence while also safeguarding their health.
If you are interested in learning more about support services for a parent or relative, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque. We proudly provide live-in and hourly care Albuquerque families trust, and also offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations so you can learn more about our caregivers and tailored care plans. Call 505-798-0800 to speak with an experienced Care Manager today.