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Adult caregivers struggle with determining if their parent is able to remain living
alone. It’s a difficult, multi-faceted decision not to be made lightly as there is much at stake – both the physical and emotional
well being of the parent in question and for the extended family at large.
Peace of mind is something that the adult child searches for as they consider these conversation starters about new living options:
Keep a keen eye to discern if the
clutter and filth is getting worse with each visit - it’s often a key sign they are having difficulty keeping up with activities of daily living. Start the conversation.
They may feel overwhelmed or their physical health is slowing them down.
The bills and other mail are piling up. Your older parent could be getting overwhelmed and not able to manage their daily affairs or this might indicate forgetfulness and memory issues.
The checking account balance is wrong and bills are going unpaid. These may be signs that your parent
is having memory issues or difficulty with simple math cognition. It can also indicate a general apathy.
Your parent is losing a lot of weight.
Depression can lead to a loss of interest in eating due to a reduced appetite. Check their refrigerator and pantry to see if there is an appropriate supply of food and that what
is there is fresh and edible.
They have neglected the basics of hygiene. Wearing the same clothing repeatedly or a lack of cleanliness can indicate they have lost the motivation, ability and/or forethought to look after themself. They may no longer care that personal hygiene and cleanliness is an important part of daily living and maintaining one’s good health.
They appear in inappropriate clothing
such as summer clothing in the dead of winter or leave the house in a nightgown and slippers for a trip to the store. This may indicate confusion or the loss of discretion in social situations.
There are signs of forgetfulness in the home. Confusion that shows up in the kitchen can prove to be deadly if not dealt with quickly from fires to inadequate food storage that can lead to illness.
Your parent regularly misses appointments and other important items. Forgetfulness, absentmindedness and memory issues may show up when
The Help Home program
it comes to keeping certain appointments, recognizing key dates, or, even more importantly, maintaining medication dosages on schedule.
They are just acting plain unusual.
This is always the sign that families dread the most. Unfortunately, between aging, mental degradation and the side effects from medication, you may note that your parent’s behavior has taken an odd turn for the worse. If you see signs of paranoia, fear, strange phone calls and conversations and nervousness, this should not be overlooked, as it’s a blatant sign that living assistance is in order.
They exhibit signs of depression. You may notice a loss of interest in caring for one’s self as well as a lack of participation in socialization and in once-loved hobbies. Sometimes, depression comes from a sense of loneliness or the realization that they can no longer do things for themselves. Putting them somewhere that offers assistance, socialization and activities can help cure the loneliness and put them back on track to a more fulfilling, active and engaged life.
If any of the above signs become prominent it is time to seek additional assistance, either in the home, or by moving to a local senior community.
You’ve read about it, seen it on TV, heard about it from friends...
Your loved one has wandered off and you’re scared for them.
When you register a person with the Help Home program they can be identified visually, by phone number, by address, or even by name. With the emergency contact
information provided, authorities can bring them back home without an unnecessary trip to the emergency room. Take the time to register your loved one today and feel
the relief of knowing that you are giving emergency services one more tool to return them to you.
The Help Home program is maintained by the Calhoun County Dispatch Authority. The information is immediately accessible when you call 9-1-1.
To register contact them at (269) 781-9703 or (269) 781-9701 today.
is a voluntary program
whereby a person with dementia or their loved one,
can register emergency information with the
Calhoun County Dispatch Authority in order to be returned home quickly and safely if lost.

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