Holidays are a time when families come together. Sometimes the holidays are the only time we see our loved ones. Seeing our aging relatives' health decline can be unsettling. If you're visiting your loved ones over this holiday weekend, you may want to keep an eye out for a few warning signs.
Are they a little more unkempt than usual? A lack of basic hygiene or grooming could be a symptom of a deeper issue.
Are they able to follow the conversations around them? If they can't keep up, it could be a sign of cognitive decline.
Are they repeating themselves over and over again? Short term memory loss could be a sign of dementia or cognitive impairment.
Are they unsteady on their feet? If your loved one is holding on to furniture or trying to steady themselves as they walk, it could lead to falls. They could need a walking aid.
Are there unpaid bills or stacks of paperwork around? Your aging loved one may be having difficulty in keeping track of finances. It may be time to step in and help.
No one wants to go through this alone. This is where we come in. We will counsel, and come up with the best plan to help keep your aging family members happy and comfortable in their homes, while offering you the peace of mind you deserve.
At Home Instead Senior care, we are wishing all of our clients, caregivers, and loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for this year?
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