Did You Notice Something Wasn’t Right About Your Parents Over The Holidays?

Did You Notice Something Wasn’t Right About Your Parents Over The Holidays?

By Mark Viergutz & the ALC Staff
Assisted Living Connections

Something Wasn’t Right About Your Parents Over The Holidays
The holidays are an opportunity to be with family including your elderly parents, often for a rare extended period of time. What was supposed to be a joyous reunion became the realization that something wasn’t right about your mom or dad. Or perhaps you noticed a worsening of symptoms from a year ago, something your parents may not be aware of because the changes were incremental.

Perhaps you saw behavioral lapses, reduced mental functioning, or physical unsteadiness. There might have been other signs: Unopened mail. An unkempt house. Unexplained bruises. Unsteady walking or standing. Medications not being taken. An empty refrigerator. Wearing the same clothes, often stained or dirty. These changes caused you to wonder: Is Mom as safe as I want her to be? Is Dad putting himself in danger?

Your mom or dad may have reached a threshold that needs to be crossed: He or she is no longer capable of properly caring for themselves.

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Some adult children are more “fortunate” than others in that they live close by, perhaps in the same community. Others live hours away and it can become even more challenging to figure out how to keep your parents healthy and safe.

At a minimum, aging parents may require some kind of regular caregiving. But what kind and at what expense?

The first step is to recognize that your parents may not be safe living by themselves and may be needing some assistance. To understand this may require a visit to their primary care physician to discuss your concerns and have them evaluated. An assessment will determine whether your parents can manage with home caregiving help (referred to as home care) or if they need to be relocated into the right type of assisted living facility.

If this can’t be done, the next option (and perhaps an easier one) is to contact a caregiving agency that can send a professional over to evaluate your parent’s situation. An assessment will determine whether your parents can manage with home caregiving help or if they need to be relocated into the right type of assisted living facility.

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If additional help is warranted, contact an assisted living referral agency located — and specializing — in the area where you prefer your parents to live. Sometimes that is the community where they already live. Sometimes that is where you live.

Assisted Living Connections, serving Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley, provides all the resources for determining the best options for you and your parents. In our next post, we will describe our process and detail the services and resources available, all at no cost to you.

Mark ViergutzMark Viergutz oversees Technology, Marketing, & Client Support for Assisted Living Connections
If you have more questions for Mark he can be reached at: Mark@MVCreativeServices.design
Mark’s office # is: 805-467-6875