Seeing your elder parents or grandparents for the Holidays? Look for help signs!

Many of us will be traveling this year to visit. (Over 85 million will travel according to the AAA). This is a perfect time to review their situation. Here are some possible warning signs that mom or dad might need additional help:

Personal Hygiene
Do they smell and look clean?
Do their teeth look caked with food like they haven’t been brushed in a while?
Are the clothes clean?
Is the hair ratty and greasy like it hasn’t been washed in a while?
Do you see any noticeable bruising?
Do you smell urine?

Nutrition
Do they look healthy?
Are they losing weight they shouldn’t be?
Is there fresh food in the fridge?
How about food in the cupboards?
How is the appetite? Notice any changes?

Home
Is it clean?
Is it cluttered?
Do you smell urine?
Does the house smell clean?

Behavior
How do they appear? Happy? Sad?
Can they hold long conversations?
Do they have stacks of unopened mail?
Are their prescriptions up to date?
Are all of their bills paid up to date?
Are they missing doctor appointments?
Do they repeat themselves constantly?
Do they retain what is said?
Do they talk differently then in the past? Slurred speech? Slower then usual?
Do they stop mid sentence and forget what they were talking about?

Relationships
Do friends call or come over?
If they come over do they look worried or concerned?
Have they stopped socializing?
Do they go out and do fun things?

Mobility
How is their balance and gait when walking?
Do they have trouble navigating around the house?
Are there any signs of falling like visible bruises or broken furniture?
Do they have trouble with steps?

Medication
Are there any medications out of date?
Do you see an excess of medication piling up?
Are there pills on the floor or in the carpets?
Do they understand what each medication is for?
Are the medications grouped by time of day to be taken?
Do they drive to doctors appointments or the pharmacy?
If they don’t drive themselves then who does?

Excess Stuff
Are they buying things that they don’t need and are just lying around unused or worse yet unopened?
Do they spend lots of time on the internet shopping?
Are there lots of charitable letters in their mail?
Do they get lots of sales calls on the phone?

These are but a few signs that you can look for to see if an elder parent or grandparent might need some additional help at home. Please take some time to make a note of what you see. If you do this and keep a log you might start to notice a pattern before it gets to a crises.

Planning is very important when it comes to our seniors. Most of us wish to live independently for the rest of our lives but for some, that is just not possible. The Department of Health and Human Services anticipates that 40% of people over the age of 65 will need some form of help or additional care. The longer we live the more that possibility will increase.

Bob Francis is the founder of Senior Care Concierge. He is passionate about seniors after having gone through many trials and tribulations with his own father

Assisted Living: The Right Choice for the Elderly

With old age can come a lot of issues, such as dependency, disease, loneliness, among other various problems. Senior living communities, however, can solve these problems. After retirement, most elderly people want to relax, especially if they are in poor health. For all those who are looking for a relaxed and independent life after retirement, retirement communities can meet their individual needs. As someone gets older, there might come a time when he or she is unable to perform even daily chores like bathing, using the restroom, getting dressed, cooking, and eating. This is when the person should go to an assisted living facility where the staff can help with everyday tasks. This is the best choice for elderly parents who want to live separately from the rest of their families after retirement.

Assisted living is a special kind of home. There are three major reasons why any elderly person should live in a retirement community: they can feel cared for while maintaining their independence, can receive medical assistance, and stay healthy in a well-organized environment. Senior living communities offer a number of facilities that give the feeling of a home away from home. Once a person moves into these facilities, a personalized service plan of the assistance required of the resident is written. These retirement communities are an ideal place for people who want to keep living a stress-free and enjoyable life. These facilities, or retirement homes, offer excellent healthcare services and have qualified health professionals to take care of the senior citizens.

In assisted living, the right kind of assistance is provided to elderly people so that they can lead a happy life without giving up their freedom. These kinds of senior living communities are the best choice for your parents. Families and friends need to educate senior citizens to make an informed choice in terms of retirement communities so that they can continue to enjoy their old age. Families need to understand that there is no exact way to judge which assisted living community is good and which is not because it depends on the individual needs of the elderly person. Among all of the senior living communities, assisted living is one type that is especially well-organized. Since assistance is offered in the retirement communities also, it is up to the aged person which facility is best.

The major concern of the senior citizens entering into any assisted living is whether they will get the care they deserve or not. If this question is answered, then they can spend the rest of their lives happily in senior living communities. In today’s fast-paced world, there may be times when your parents have to live alone. They might need someone to take care of them and their needs, and this is when assisted living becomes the best choice. With this kind of facility, they can live life easily and enjoyably.

Horizon Bay’s retirement communities, senior independent living communities and assisted living services redefine life for seniors where they are respected as individuals and encouraged to live life more meaningfully.