Paying attention to how your elder is handling basic responsibilities in her life can help you to know when it’s time for you to step in to offer more help as her caregiver or consider hiring elder care services.
Mail Isn’t Getting Opened
When you stop by your senior’s home, make it a point to discreetly look at places in which she usually keeps mail. If it appears that there is a great deal of mail that isn’t getting opened, gently ask about the situation to see if your suspicions are correct. It could be that this is just a one-off situation and your aging family member is keeping up with the mail otherwise. If you see a problem more than a couple of times, this is a bigger clue.
Her Prescriptions Aren’t Getting Filled
Prescriptions that your elder absolutely needs are ones that she absolutely must get filled. If you’re starting to notice that these essential prescriptions aren’t getting filled, that can indicate that she’s having trouble getting to the pharmacy or remembering to fill the prescriptions. It could also indicate that she’s having trouble remembering to take the medication, which is another problem altogether.
The Car Has New Dents and Dings
Take a look at your elderly family member’s car now and again. If you’re noticing that the car has dents, dings, and scratches that weren’t there the last time you looked at the car, this is a problem. Either your elder isn’t paying attention to where she’s parking or she is having trouble driving and parking the car.
There’s Not a Lot of Food in the House
When you visit your aging adult, does she have food in the house? A well-stocked pantry, freezer, and fridge allow your elderly family member to eat healthy meals every day. Even if she doesn’t feel much like cooking for herself, it’s important that she has food available. If meal preparation has indeed become a problem for your senior, consider hiring elder care providers to help with the tedious parts of those tasks.
Be gentle with your elderly family member when you talk about these situations. Harsh words are likely to make her feel more embarrassed and self-conscious about the situation.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Munhall PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College, a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is currently a CPR/First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for the Allegheny County Respite Care Coalition, Gateway Health Plan, and the North Allegheny School District Elementary Advisory Council. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and Marshall Elementary Yearbook Committee.
Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more time on baseball and soccer fields than she does at home which helps her appreciate their family vacation time even more.