Some Warning Signs That a Loved One Needs More Support
Adult children often confide that they are concerned about their parents living on their own, but fear upsetting the loved one by bringing up the situation. Since most seniors want to maintain the highest level of independence, they often bristle at the idea that they can’t take care of things on their own. It can be little things or a health issue that indicates that more support might be needed.
Some common warning signs are:
- Unopened mail is piling up, or worse, you find unpaid bills, collection notices or indications of overdrafts to a bank account.
- Maybe the house is not as tidy as it used to be. It could be that the work of cleaning is physically too difficult for your parent.
- Spoiled food in the refrigerator.
- Has your parent been missing appointments or events with friends? Forgetting to be somewhere he or she is expected could be an early sign of dementia or be simply a sign that he or she is curtailing driving.
- Does your parent seem to be having trouble managing medications? Managing multiple medications can be extremely confusing and as a result your parent may be jeopardizing their health if they are not taken properly.
- Are there signs that a parent is not bathing frequently?
- Has your parent lost interest in activities they used to enjoy? There can be many reasons for this. Friends he or she used to engage with may have died. Transportation could be an issue, or it may be a sign of depression or other health condition.
- Unexplained bruises may be a sign that your parent has taken a few falls around the house or bumped into walls and furniture preventing one.
- Change in mood or evidence of depression.
Any of these warning signs would indicate that a trip to the doctor is warranted to uncover any undiagnosed medical conditions. Next, an honest conversation with your parent about living as he or she is now needs to take place, so that the real issues and the type of needed support can be identified.
Options for Help
There are a number of options available to provide help to older adults, and one of the most important decisions to be made is whether to bring help into the home or look at a move for your loved one into a senior community. Read more about choosing between an assisted living community or in-home care and when each of these options is most effective.
If you are concerned that a parent should no longer live on their own, the time is right to discuss your concerns with someone who can help you sort through the issues, identify options and figure out the steps necessary to make a good decision.
Contact a Community
Call and speak with the Marketing Director. There is absolutely no obligation. We talk to people every day, some that never visit the community and some who ultimately move in.
Every Marketing Director spends a considerable amount of time helping seniors and their families. Each one is knowledgeable about the range of services available to older adults. They are aware of the strong emotional component in transitions, and many times they serve as facilitators of family discussions, helping parents and adult children come to a common understanding of care needs and next steps. They are even able to make a home visit if that works best for the family.
There’s no pressure, just information. With a few key questions and a brief discussion, we can help you determine the best of the many options open to you. Select the Laureate Group community that is right for you.