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?
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.
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
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
For additional resources
please visit www.CAREGiverstress.com or schedule a free, In-Home
Consultation and/or In-Home Safety Check by calling us at (262) 546-0226.
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