How to Identify if Mom or Dad Needs Help at Home


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Adult children of aging parents are often surprised and concerned at the changes they see in a parent or the household when they visit.

The following may indicate a change in the physical or mental abilities of a parent or loved one:

•    Piles of unpaid bills
•    A stove that looks unused or has items piled on top
•    Food in the refrigerator that has spoiled or lack of food in the refrigerator
•    The same items in the cupboards or pantry since your last visit.
•    Obvious weight loss
•    Your parent wears the same clothing throughout your visit
•    Nothing in the hamper or laundry basket
•    Slight odor of urine or dirty hair
•    Pet appears underfed or not cared for (litter box not changed, etc.)
•    Too much or too little medicine remaining in bottles or medication set
•    Trouble finding keys or other commonly used items
•    Unexplained dents and scratches on the car
•    General untidiness in a previously neat home

 If you note any of these changes, make an appointment as soon as possible with the family physician or geriatrician to assess the situation. Be certain that a relative, trusted friend or advocate attends all medical appointments to ensure that any advice or changes in medication are implemented.

The loved one may benefit from having a caregiver come to the home to assist with light housekeeping, medication reminders, running errands and even to keep an eye on things.

For more information about how in-home care services can keep you or your loved one safer and healthier at home, call Home Instead Senior Care at 610-770-7773.
Non-medical in home care services include companionship, errands, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medical appointments, transportation, and personal care like bathing, dressing and more.
Home Instead Senior Care serves the seniors of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania from their Whitehall, PA office 3722 Lehigh Street Suite 408, Whitehall, PA 18052.

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