You’ve recently celebrated the festive season with the family, and it has become apparent that your ageing loved ones are not as young and able as they used to be. Perhaps you noticed a decline in their mobility, personal hygiene, grooming, memory and/or general health since you last saw them. What are some of the signs that your elderly loved ones/parents need help?
- Unsteady gait
- Decline in personal hygiene and grooming standards
- Cluttered, untidy or unclean home
- Repeating themselves
- Inability to recognise familiar people
- Reduced appetite
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Change in mood
If any of these things are of concern to you and your family, it’s time to have a family discussion to determine how you can best support your parents/loved ones. Make sure all relevant care givers and family members are involved, as it’s important that the responsibility is shared, and decisions made are in the best interests of all concerned. It may be time to call in expert help and get some professional advice, so you can consider all of the options available.
Responsibilities can generally be categorized in three main areas – medical, social and financial. It is also important to seek the advice of a legal advisor or solicitor when considering wills, powers of attorney and estate executors.
It’s imperative that your ageing parent or loved one’s finances are up to date and in good order. This includes bank accounts, investments and relevant financial advisory services. Everyone should know who they need to contact in an emergency.
Ensure all medical wishes are documented and that your loved ones continue to see their regular GP and any other relevant medical practitioners.
Maintaining regular social activity and community engagement is imperative to your loved one’s overall health and general well-being. If they are finding it increasingly difficult to engage in activities outside the home, it may be time to bring in some professional help or look at moving them to an Aged Care Facility.
Without doubt change can be difficult to cope with, especially as we grow older, however it could be just the thing they need to enable them to better cope with their changed personal circumstances and to participate fully in everyday activities. There are ample opportunities for social interaction and medical concerns can be better managed on a daily basis. Most importantly, it provides peace of mind for you, that your ageing loved ones are safe and being well cared for.
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