Checking on Senior Loved Ones Over the Holidays

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posted by Ted Ryan on December 21, 2015

For many of us, the holidays are a time to enjoy being with family. This time together can sometimes reveal aspects of an elderly loved one’s condition that are less apparent during brief visits or phone conversations.

Holiday time together should be spent enjoying the company of those you love, but it’s also a good opportunity to monitor your loved ones for any potential changes in condition. Seniors are often hesitant to admit they need help. The burden may fall on a family to recognize that their elder loved one needs help with activities of daily living.

Spotting and addressing concerns before they progress allows a senior to remain at home longer by bringing in a bit of help. The following signs may indicate that a senior needs help.

  • Weight change
  • Unexplained bruises or injuries
  • Difficulty with walking, balance and mobility
  • Trouble standing from a seated position
  • Confusion during regular tasks
  • Forgetfulness
  • Change in normal routines (such as running errands or reading the newspaper)
  • Changes in social activities
  • Lost interest in previous hobbies
  • Depressed mood
  • Decline in grooming habits and personal care
  • Expired or unused prescription bottles
  • Decrease in household upkeep, or difficulty with once regular tasks
  • Stacks of unopened mail
  • Unpaid (or late) bills
  • Expired or spoiling food
  • Unexplained dents or scratches on the car
  • Lack of energy

While the holidays may not be the best time to discuss a senior’s need for assistance, it’s good to address concerns early, before their condition worsens.

If you notice changes to a senior’s condition, contact SHC for a free, no-commitment assessment. This assessment is a great opportunity to learn more about services available to seniors who wish to remain in the comfort of home. An assessment also provides a chance to get the professional opinion of an SHC nurse and utilize our experience and resources.

To learn more, please contact us

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