With families visiting those that they may not see throughout the year, the holidays are a perfect time to assess the needs of their loved ones. Ideally they will ask for our help, but, as frequently is the case, this may not happen. They may decline assistance because they feel ashamed and hopeless.
Some changes are barely noticeable. Sharpen your observational skills, and look for patterns of consistent neglect within the following contexts. If you observe a decline, contact Happier At Home while you’re in town for a free assessment. Here are areas to look at:
Have there been recent accidents, dents and scratches in their car?
Are they fearful of driving or not able to drive during the night?
Is the home left in disrepair and unkempt?
Are they missing doctor appointments or forgetting to make them?
Are they making mistakes with their medication? Forgetting to take their pills?
Are foods left cooking on the stove?
Have pots been burned?
Consistent forgetfulness about where things are or of names
Getting lost or wandering
Difficulty answering questions or finding their words
Signs of frequent falls such as bruising?
Refusing to use a prescribed cane or walker?
Foul body odor, not changing clothes, dirty clothes piling up
Have neighbors voiced concern? Inability to take garbage out
Are there unusual amounts of spoiled food in their refrigerator?
Finances and Mail
Is the mail piled up and unopened?
Are bills not being paid?
Do some bills are charges on a statement come from unrecognizable sources?