VISITING OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON
During this year’s holiday gatherings, be sure to look for the warning signs that elderly loved ones may need extra help at home.
The upcoming holiday season is traditionally filled with family time. For many of us, this will provide a unique opportunity to slow down and spend quality time with our aging parents or other loved ones who may still be living at home. This is a great time to observe any areas where they could use additional help to maintain their lifestyle and continue to age in place safely. Below are a few things to watch for:
- Are they finding ways to stay active and socially engaged?
- Is there a change in their eating habits, or sudden weight loss or gain?
- Is there a decline in personal hygiene? Are they able to maintain the upkeep of their home, laundry etc.?
- Is their pantry and refrigerator stocked with healthy and current groceries?
Ask about all the normally scheduled errands that come up every week, and if they find it easy to meet them. Are they still able to get groceries as often as they would like, meet up with friends and old colleagues, attend church events and services, or get to all their doctor’s visits?
Are there new challenges that are preventing them from meeting all their scheduled events? Discuss with them the resources that they might want to implement to answer any of these challenges and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Resources like one-to-one time with friends or counselors, medication adjustments with their doctors, occupational or physical therapy, or bringing in outside care can help your loved one meet the activities of daily living.
If they have hobbies, find out if they are still enjoying them. If they show a lack of interest in the things that have always been central to what they enjoy, ask what is behind the apathy. It could be a new physical problem. If they are feeling increased levels of pain, a new physical limitation, or fatigue from a lingering illness, it might be limiting them from doing things they would normally enjoy.
There may also be a change in their mental or emotional state getting in the way of their quality of life, day-to-day. Depression, forgetfulness, bouts of confusion or anxiety, can all limit what was once enjoyable. Seeking the help of a medical professional is recommended.
Whatever they are facing as they age, make sure that they are eating healthy, exercising, and maintaining their social connections, as this will help them to be at their best and prevent more aggressive decline as they age in place. If it is determined that outside assistance is needed, Caring Friends is just a phone call away!
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How do you spend your time outside of work?
With my 8-year-old daughter, Lillian. We love coloring, building Legos, and watching movies together.
Are you bingeing any shows?
Nothing in particular, but I enjoy mystery shows!
If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
Something in the medical field.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I’m pretty handy with tools. I worked in the shop with my dad as a young girl.
What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?
I have a dance party with my daughter and that always brightens my mood
Do you have a hidden talent?
I’m a very fast reader.
If you had to pick one age to be forever, which age would you choose?
I love my 30s more than my 20s, so my current age, 33!
Why did you choose Caring Friends?
After taking care of my parents in my 20s, and working in a nursing facility during Covid, I found a passion in helping others keep their loved ones at home for as long as possible!
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