During the holiday season, many people get together with relatives that they may not see very often. People often visit elderly parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles in their homes or invite them over for the holidays. This can be a valuable time to catch up. It can also give you an opportunity to gain insights into how your relative is doing.
Many seniors have trouble taking care of themselves and remaining independent as they get older, but they may be reluctant to ask for help when they need it. If family members are not around much, they may not realize that a loved one is struggling and needs assistance. A holiday get-together can be an excellent opportunity to observe your loved one and note any challenges he or she is facing.
Things to Look for at Your Loved One’s Home
If you are going to your relative’s home for the holidays, take a look around. Check to see if the house is clean or appears dirty and cluttered. If it is the latter, your loved one may need help with housekeeping.
Check the refrigerator and cabinets to see if there is fresh and healthy food. If your loved one has expired food or only has pre-packaged food that can be heated up in a microwave, he or she may need assistance with grocery shopping or cooking.
Check your loved one’s home for hazards and challenges. Look for poor lighting and area rugs or clutter that could cause your relative to trip. If there are stairs in the home, see if your loved one has trouble walking up and down them. If so, you may want to consider getting a stair lift or moving the bedroom to a lower floor.
Things to Look for If Your Relative Comes to Visit You
If your loved one is coming to visit you, you can get insights into his or her condition. If your relative seems to have lost weight, he or she may be having trouble shopping for groceries or cooking. If your relative’s clothes are dirty, he or she may need help with laundry. If your loved one seems confused or forgetful, he or she may be developing Alzheimer’s or dementia and may need assistance to continue to live at home.
How Dependable Care Can Help Seniors in Connecticut
If you realize over the holidays that your loved one is having trouble living independently and needs assistance, Dependable Care can help. We have a team of compassionate caregivers who can help seniors in Connecticut with many daily tasks, including housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, bathing, dressing, and toileting. This can allow your loved one to remain at home and be independent and can give you and the rest of your family peace of mind. If you notice some problems over the holidays, have a talk with your loved one and other family members and contact Dependable Care to learn more about how we can help.