Whether your loved one has always be the independent type or you’ve simply gotten busy, it helps to know when it might be time for you to take a more active role in her care. Some of these ideas are a good jumping off point for you and other family members.
Your Loved One Is Falling Often or Has Mobility Problems.
Issues with falling or having trouble moving around easily can be a tremendous problem for a senior. Talk with her doctor to determine what can be done for your loved one from a medical standpoint. Improving safety at home can be just the answer for your loved one or she may need much more substantial help than that.
Your Loved One Is Alone a Lot.
If your aging parent is spending a good deal of her time alone, it might be a good idea for you and other family members to become a little more involved in her daily life. You might want to consider setting up times to have various family members and friends drop in on your loved one.
You and Other Family Members Live Far Away.
Living far away from your loved one can be difficult for both of you. She might not be comfortable letting you know when she needs extra help. She might even worry about being a burden for you or other family members. Having some people in the area who can stop by and check on your aging family member can help to ease your concerns.
Your Loved One Is Frequently Ill.
Illness can take a lot out of everyone, but especially out of seniors. If you’re noticing that your loved one seems to be ill much more often than she has been in the past, it might be a good idea to step up your caregiving in an effort to help her a bit more.
Keep in mind that you and your other family members can still help even if you’re not able to physically step in yourselves. Hiring elder care providers is one option that could be the answer for your family.