Does your loved one need support or companionship?
We want our loved ones to live in a comforting, familiar environment. However, there are signs to indicate when your aging family member may require some help. Although each situation must be assessed individually, geriatric care managers consider the following points:
- EATING: Are there swallowing or choking issues? Can they feed themselves?
- BATHING: How often is bathing needed? Can they do it by themselves or with assistance?
- DRESSING: Are their clothes clean? Do they change clothes or wear the same thing every day?
- TRANSFERRING: Can they get into and out of bed or a comfortable chair safely?
- COOKING AND FOOD PREPARATION: What is the condition of the kitchen? Is there spoiled food in the refrigerator? Is there a variety of foods? Is it fresh?
- SHOPPING: Do they make appropriate decisions?
- TAKING MEDICATIONS: Are there pills scattered through the house? Is there a list of medications to be taken and when?
- TELEPHONE USAGE: Can the phone be used properly? Is it accessible?
- HOUSEKEEPING: Is the house dirtier than usual? Are floors cluttered?
- DRIVING: How often are they getting lost? Can they verbalize directions?
- PAYING BILLS AND MONEY MANAGEMENT: Are bills paid in a timely manner? Is the checkbook balanced? Are papers filed appropriately?
- LAUNDRY: Are clothes scattered around? Is the washing machine being used properly? Is there soap?
- SAFETY: Can they use the stairs? Are there grab bars in the shower? Can the person exit the house independently in the event of an emergency?