It’s true that there’s no place like home for the holidays, especially if you’ve traveled a long distance to visit loved ones. But what happens when your aging family members or friends are showing signs of declining physical, mental or emotional health?
Here are some things to look for during your holiday visit that may signal an underlying health concern such as a chronic illness, depression, memory impairment, mobility loss, incontinence or a medication interaction. Make note of these changes and reach out to a trusted senior living advisor for guidance on approaching your loved one with your concerns and taking next steps for your family member’s safety and wellbeing.
CHECKLIST FOR YOUR HOLIDAY VISIT WITH AN AGING LOVED ONE
□ Do you notice frequent mood swings or increased irritability?
□ Is there a loss of interest in hobbies or family time?
□ Is your loved one getting enough sleep? Or too much sleep?
□ Are you observing forgetfulness, including to take medications?
□ Is there repetition of thoughts/stories?
□ Is your loved one easily confused?
□ Is your family member/friend unusually quiet or withdrawn?
□ Has your loved one experienced unexplained weight loss?
□ Is there a change in grooming habits (skin, nail, hair, dental care)?
□ Is your family member/friend wearing stained or ill-fitting clothing?
□ Have you observed an unsteady gait, loss of balance, or fall?
□ Is your loved one having difficulty breathing?
□ Is there a strong body odor or urine smell?
□ Are there new or unexplained bruising, cuts, scrapes, or injuries?
□ Is a once tidy home now messy or cluttered?
□ Does the home or lawn need repair/maintenance?
□ Are there stacks of unopened mail or past due bills/collection notices?
□ Is there adequate fresh food in the cabinets or refrigerator?
□ Are there new dents or scrapes on your loved one’s vehicle?
□ Are pets being properly cared for?
Not sure where to turn? Compassionate help is available by calling 937-297-4300 or visiting us on the here at www.lincolnpark-manor.com.