Signs of Needing Help

by Lois Etienne on November 29, 2011

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Holiday,Holidays,Senior Health and Safety

You just got home from the Thanksgiving family get-together at Mom and Dad’s house. Now that you’re pants can be zipped up again and the noise level has died down you’re thinking about a few things that you noticed while you were at your parent’s home.

Senior Couple with CaregiversIt seemed like there was more dust lying around than normal and their mail was piling up on the countertop. Mom’s usually spotless kitchen floor had some old spills on it also. You would have thought all of that could be explained by the busyness of the season but then you noticed that there was some leftover pot roast in the fridge that had mold growing on it!

These are signs! Signs that maybe there is some dementia starting or their physical health is failing, not allowing them to keep up with the house. Give them the best gift you could ever get them this holiday season…a caregiver! Someone to come in a few hours a day or a week to clean, prepare meals, take them grocery shopping or to the doctors. Talk to your parents and your siblings and work out a plan that everyone can live with.

Home Instead Senior Care sees these needs everyday and getting someone to help a few hours now allows your parents to get used to the idea but it also puts the gears into place in case of a crisis in the future. Contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office for more information.

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