Easter gatherings are an exciting part of springtime that can provide your family with an opportunity to bond over egg hunts, brunches and outdoor games. Yet, many families discover new concerns about their senior loved one’s health during such events that may require follow-up in the upcoming weeks.
If you noticed that mom or dad just wasn’t quite him or herself this holiday, then use this post-Easter assessment from Vancouver Home Care Assistance to help determine if he or she may need additional help at home.
- Has Their Weight Changed?
One of the first things many families notice about their loved one’s health is significant weight changes. If your loved one has lost or gained weight, then they may be struggling with problems preparing their food or a health condition that affects their appetite.
- Were There Any Significant Personality or Mood Changes?
A once chatty mother or father who now sits quietly and stares out the window could be suffering from depression or a physical condition that is causing discomfort. Angry outbursts, over-sharing personal details and memory lapses could also point to a need for further exploration to find a cause.
- How Is Their Home Maintained?
When you visited your parent’s home, was it as clean as it always has been in the past, or has your parent begun to slack off on regular maintenance? If you noticed unwashed dishes, an overgrown lawn and other signs of not being able to manage the home, then it may be time to arrange for additional help.
- How Was Their General Appearance?
As a person begins to age, personal hygiene can pose new challenges. Yet, many older adults are too embarrassed to ask for help. If your mom or dad’s appearance hinted at a need for help with bathing, toothbrushing and getting dressed, then they may benefit from having a caregiver visit them throughout the week.
- Did They Show Signs of Discomfort or a Lack of Mobility?
New health conditions or simply aging may make it more difficult for your loved one to reach high shelves or step over the bathtub ledge. Think about how they moved around their home, and identify any potential challenges they could face such as walking up stairs or opening cans of food. Then, arrange for a medical exam to check for any physical causes while also making the appropriate arrangements to help your loved one at home.
With consistent observations of your loved one’s health and a few at-home care strategies, you can help your mom or dad continue to live independently while safeguarding their health. If you feel your aging parent or loved one could use a helping hand with household chores, personal care, transportation or other needs, call Home Care Assistance of Vancouver at 778-279-3634. We provide hourly and live-in care Vancouver families trust and also offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations so you can explore your care options. We look forward to hearing from you.