One of my favorite sayings is “getting old isn’t for sissies”. Suddenly, what came easily is now difficult. The ability to do daily activities sometimes seems to take more energy than we have. Add to this the difficulties that develop when chronic illness becomes part of life and it’s no wonder some things fall through the cracks.
It is difficult to watch our loved ones struggle as they get older. Many times, they won’t admit that they need help, often refusing to acknowledge that there is even a problem. How can we offer assistance when the need for assistance isn’t acknowledged, or even denied?
Does your loved one need help? What follows are some signs that should be looked for that can signal a need for additional help (taken from 20 Warning Signs Your Parent Needs Help at Home written by Mario Sollitto)
- Missing important appointments, either by showing up at the wrong time and date, or just not showing up at all.
- Difficulty walking, balance issues, getting up from a seated position
- Forgetfulness or uncertainty and confusion when performing tasks that used to be “no-brainers”
- Stacks of unopened mail, an overflowing mailbox, late payment notices, bounced checks, calls from bill collectors
- Forgetting to take medications or taking the wrong dosage.
- Unexplained dents or scratches on a car
- Changes in mood or extreme mood swings
- Unexplained bruising
- Dirty house, extreme clutter or hoarding or dirty laundry piling up
Sometimes all it takes is to offer to have the day-to-day drudgery of keeping up with the “paperwork”, including bill paying and dealing with the daily bureaucracies of life, which will allow our seniors to age in place with dignity and the security of knowing that things will be taken care of.
At Senior Care Management, we assist seniors and their families with the financial and organizational activities of daily living, and become a trusted advisor to our clients. Please call us at (561) 444-9450 if you think we can help you or someone you know.