Addressing Concerns Observed in Elderly Loved Ones

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posted by Ted Ryan on January 14, 2013

The holidays are a time to celebrate and gather with loved ones. They may also shed light on the declining mental or physical condition of a loved one.

While a holiday gathering may not be the best time to address concerns (such as dementia, incontinence or the ability to manage medications), it is important that they are not ignored. By waiting too long, or avoiding the topic completely, you risk your loved one becoming too confused to make informed decisions and be included in the process.

Now that the holiday excitement has passed, it is a good time to begin the discussion with your loved one about their health and safety as they age.

This can be a difficult. Some seniors may be in denial. However, acting early may make the process much simpler. By starting early and showing loving concern, you may be able to ease a loved one into getting help without making them feel diminished.

These are a few things to keep in mind when approaching this touchy discussion.

  • Keep your tone as caring, not criticizing – remember the importance of your love one’s dignity and their place in your family.
  • Assure that you are not trying to take over or make their decisions. You want to help them to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.
  • Give them the power and permission to be in control, as much as they are able.

Trust your instincts. Taking action will allow your loved ones to stay independent and safe at home for you to visit for many more years. There may not be a current need for home care assistance, but it’s good to have a plan in place. Acting early allows the senior to have input in this plan.

If you would like further assistance, contact Seniors Home Care. Let us help you. We will be happy to provide resources or set up a complimentary RN assessment, which can make recommendations based on their training and experience. You may contact us online by clicking here, or may call our offices at 314-962-2666.

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