Using Holiday Gatherings to Check on Senior Health

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Senior Health Checklist for Holidays

The holidays are a joyous time of year where friends and family gather over delicious meals and festive events; a time when family members are able to catch up and spend some quality time with the loved ones they don’t get to see as much as they would like throughout the year. While much of the holidays should be spent having fun, there are also some very serious matters that may need to be discussed if you are the adult child of a senior parent.

If you do not see your senior parents often, it is difficult to keep tabs on their health status. Elderly adults will often let their pride get in the way, failing to report health problems to their children out of fear that it will mean getting sent to a retirement home and losing their independence. This is why it is imperative for you to do your due diligence and take advantage of family gatherings around the holidays to assess the health of your aging parents.

At Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care San Antonio families can trust, we know that it can be difficult to admit that an aging parent needs help. However, we’ve worked with countless families who have seen their parents after the holidays and have become concerned as to how long they have been living in need of assistance. The following are just a few of the things you can do to evaluate how much and what kind of assistance your parent may need. In many cases, a helping hand a few times a week is enough to keep a parent safe, comfortable and independent in the comfort of his or her home.

You should start with a survey of your parents’ home and property. If your parents perform their own lawn maintenance, is the grass cut and are the hedges trimmed? If it looks like the yard hasn’t been tended to in a while, it could be a sign that this chore is too much for your parents to handle on a regular basis. The same thought process can be applied to anything in the home that seems neglected. Are dishes or laundry piling up? Perhaps a physical change is making the activities difficult to complete.

If you only see your parents once or twice a year, pay close attention to the way they move. If they aren’t walking as well as they used to, a walker might be needed. If they have trouble standing up, there may be an underlying problem such as joint pain. You should also look for any signs that your parents are having trouble seeing or are losing their motor skills. If you notice any of these problems, it is up to you to discuss having these issues examined by a doctor so your parents can improve their quality of life.

Talking to an aging adult about health changes can be a difficult subject to bring up. However, acknowledging problems as early as possible and finding viable solutions can help ensure health and longevity for years to come.

If your parent needs care or assistance with daily tasks or personal care, consider hourly or live-in home care in San Antonio.  With the support of a highly trained and compassionate home caregiver, your aging loved one can maintain their regular routines and independence, without having to sacrifice their home. Learn more about the invaluable resource of in-home care today by calling Home Care Assistance of San Antonio at (210) 495-6300. A friendly Care Manager is available 24/7 to answer questions or can help you schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.


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