The freshness of a new year is upon us, but you can’t help feeling a little unsettled because you’ve started to notice signs that your aging parent needs help. Dad can’t find his meds, or Mom won’t talk about that mysterious dent on the car. You even happened to stop by the house only to discover a kettle left boiling on the stove. These are universal “something’s not right” signs that remind us — no matter how much we try — we just can’t be there for our aging loved ones all the time. We know every aging experience is different, but do you recognize these signs your aging parent needs help?
If any of these signs raise a red flag and you are unsure of how to broach the subject with your loved one, you are not alone. Many adult children know how difficult it can be to talk with their parents about these warning signs. The following tips from Home Instead Senior Care and communication expert Jake Harwood, Ph.D., from the University of Arizona, can help family caregivers communicate with their aging parents on sensitive subjects.
Get started. If you’re 40 or your parents are 70, it’s time to start observing and gathering information carefully and thoughtfully. Don’t reach a conclusion from a single observation and decide on the best solution until you have gathered information with an open mind and talked with your parents.
Having a timely conversation and taking the necessary precautions is critically important. 48% of home accidents experienced by seniors could have been prevented and according to ER doctors, 61% of seniors who visit the emergency room could benefit from extra support at home. At Home Instead Senior Care our mission is to provide supportive care for seniors at home or where ever home is. To ensure that the relationship with our clients is personal, we match the personality and likes/dislikes of our senior clients with that of our CAREGivers. This creates a special bond between our senior clients, their families and our CAREGivers. Local resident and friend Dan Macke shared, “Our Home Instead CAREGiver Cindy was like part of the family. When my Mom passed away, Cindy attended the funeral and more than a year later, we continue to stay in contact with her. I can’t say enough about how much she meant to my Mom and our family.”
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