The Holidays are Here!
Make the Most of your Holiday Visits with Loved Ones
‘Tis the season to celebrate and spend time with family and friends. If your loved ones are scattered across the country, the holidays may be one of the few times you manage an in-person visit. If so, be sure to pay close attention when you spend time with your older family members — age-related decline can happen quickly, and according to www.AgingCare.com, there are several warning signs to look out for that may mean that a loved one needs help with their living situation.
Warning Signs include:
- Weight Loss (Possible causes could be simply low energy or dementia, depression or cancer.)
- Changes in Balance and Mobility (Did you notice a reluctance to walk, changes in gait or obvious pain during movement?)
- Changes in Moods and Behavior (Signs of depression and anxiety include withdrawal from social activities, changes in sleep patterns, loss of interest in hobbies, and changes in basic home maintenance and personal hygiene. Also look for confusion or agitation.)
- Issues with their Home Environment (Keep an eye out for excess clutter and piles of unopened mail, scorched cookware or an overflowing hamper.)*
If you notice any of the above changes in your family member’s health or living environment, you should be sure to have a heart to heart conversation with them and schedule an appointment with their primary caregiver.
You can also consider Springwell Senior Living an extension of your family care team. Our knowledgeable and caring staff is here to answer your caregiving questions and help you decide the right path for your aging relative. With Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, Springwell offers a wide variety of living options that promote a safe and healthy environment for your loved one and peace of mind for their family.
If you would like more information about Springwell Senior Living, please contact Nina and Kim at 410-664-4006.
*The complete article can be found at https://www.agingcare.com/articles/holiday-visits-with-elderly-parents-136906.htm.