Since moving out of state last year, you’ve made it a point to call Mom every Sunday afternoon, no exceptions. After catching up on the week’s news, she always reassures you that yes, she’s eating well, taking her meds, getting plenty of rest, and doing perfectly fine.
However, visiting her in person for a week over summer vacation paints a different picture. Her once immaculate kitchen is cluttered with junk mail and newspapers, with a sink full of food-encrusted dishes. The refrigerator contains spoiled and expired food. And most concerning of all, there’s a scorch mark on the countertop beside the stove.
For family members living at a distance from senior loved ones, these telltale signs that help is needed are often only evident during in-person visits. Nora Jean Levine, executive director from Caring From a Distance, advises adult children to, “Open your eyes. Try and really see what’s going on and not what you want to be going on.” It’s important to assess both the home environment and the senior herself (for bruises that could indicate falls, signs of depression or confusion, and other personality changes). And in between visits, enlist the help of a trusted neighbor or an Aging Life Care Professional to keep an eye on the senior.
Most importantly, the best way to ensure seniors are safe, secure, and thriving is to partner with a professional in-home care agency, such as North River Home Care. Providing services such as transportation, medication reminders, assistance with meals and housekeeping, and friendly companionship can make a world of difference in both the life of a senior and the family who loves her! Contact us today to learn more!