Living far from family makes it really difficult to go visit our older loved ones as often as we’d like, but during the holiday season, families make an extra effort for quality time with each other – making it the perfect time to review an older family member’s safety and wellbeing. There are quite a few red flags that can’t be detected in weekly phone calls, emails, or even through Skype, but which often become apparent when the family comes together during the holidays.
The experienced home care team at North River Home Care recommends asking yourself these questions to decide if there are any senior safety dangers that need to be further explored:
Concerns in the Home:
- Do you notice a change in the level of cleanliness of the home?
- Is there a build-up of clutter, like stacks of mail and newspapers?
- Are foods in the refrigerator and pantry fresh?
- Are there scorch or burn marks on pots/pans, kitchen countertops, or somewhere else in the kitchen?
- Is the home being kept at a comfortable temperature?
- Has the senior gained or lost body weight?
- Has overall hygiene decreased?
- Are there any bruises, burns, or other injuries?
- Does the senior family member seem to be suffering with issues with balance or strength?
- Are all needed medical aids being appropriately utilized and in good order, such as eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids?
- Are there collection notices, bills that are unpaid, telephone messages from debt collectors?
- Do bank account statements include any questionable activity?
- Is the senior without any needed essentials?
- Is the senior family member getting – and answering inappropriately to – solicitation telephone calls or mailings?
- Are there any extra names included on bank account statements that could perhaps suggest potential fraud?
If these or any other warning signs are picked up on, a necessary starting point is to schedule an appointment with the senior’s primary care physician to attend to any potential health conditions. Then, contact North River Home Care for help in resolving a variety of issues related to aging at home, such as preparing meals, light housework, cheerful companionship to prevent isolation and loneliness, and much more.
Serving Cape Cod and the rest of eastern Massachusetts, North River Home Care keeps seniors safe, healthy, and thriving at home. Our care staff are thoroughly screened, interviewed, and background checked to ensure peace of mind for family members, and trained and experienced in a wide range of aspects of senior care. Call us at (781) 659-1366 or contact us online for a free in-home meeting to find out how we can best meet your loved one’s unique needs.