Signs your elderly loved one needs to consider alternative care options

Recently celebrating the festive season with family, it may have become apparent to you that your ageing loved ones are not as able and agile as they once were. 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 you should take note of, that your elderly loved ones/parents needs to consider alternative care options?

  • Forgetfulness
  • Repeating themselves
  • Inability to recognise familiar people
  • Confusion
  • Change in mood
  • Unsteady gait
  • Decline in personal hygiene and grooming standards
  • Cluttered, untidy or unclean home
  • Reduced appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain

If any of these signs 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 care 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 up to date, and that your loved ones continue to see their regular GP if possible, 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.

A Lifestyle change can be difficult to cope with, more so as we grow older, however it could be just the thing your loved one needs to adapt to their changed personal circumstances, and to be able to participate fully in everyday activities. There are ample opportunities for social interaction in Aged Care, and medical concerns can be better managed on a daily basis. Most importantly, it can provide peace of mind for you, that your ageing loved ones are safe and being well cared for.

If you would like to arrange a visit to one of our Aged Care Homes in Melbourne or Geelong, please contact us here or call 1300 104 663 to book a tour and for any admission enquiries.


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