Can Your Elder Loved One Safely Live Alone?

At this time of year, our office gets extremely busy. The reason is …. Adult children will visit their family at Thanksgiving and become concerned about how one parent or both have declined since their last visit.

While most parents want to remain at home and independent – and typically resist any kind of “outside help,” safety needs to be the primary concern where your elder loved ones are concerned.

If you answer “YES” to one or more items in a category, your loved one may need some support and supervision at home to ensure their safety. Freedom can help, so don’t hesitate to contact your local office for more information.

Activities Related To Daily Living

He/she:

  • is less concerned about personal hygiene (not changing clothes or showering regularly, poor dental care).
  • cannot shower or dress independently
  • has developed incontinence issues.
  • has difficulty preparing nutritious meals
  • does not consume enough liquid
  • needs reminders to taking her medications

Safety

He/she:

  • has fallen one or more times in the past month.
  • is unsteady when walking/standing
  • has gotten into driving accidents recently, even if they are minor
  • has forgotten to turn off the oven or stovetop or become disoriented when driving or walking

Other

He/she:

  • has unpaid bills or mail/newspapers piling up
  • is occasionally confused by his/her surroundings, people or date/time
  • is starting to have difficulty making decisions, even those that are minor
  • has been hospitalized due to recurring urinary tract infections, falls or mistakes with medications
  • doesn’t care to socialize or go out as often

It is never easy opening up a dialogue with an elder loved one about the possible need for change.

The sooner you being to broach the subject, the sooner your loved one can safely regain an independent lifestyle and you can regain peace of mind.

For a confidential discussion about concerns regarding your loved one’s health and well-being, please contact your local Freedom office.