Signs of Trouble
As people age, their physical capabilities decrease and they may become more dependent upon others. However, many elderly people do not reach out for help because they are afraid of losing what independence they still have.
This can lead to accidents and injuries that need not occur. If you are not sure if your parent needs help, there are some signs you can look for in determining whether an elderly intervention is necessary:
It only takes one accident to render them entirely dependent upon the help of others:
- There could be new dents or dings on their vehicle
- They may be taking more prescription drugs than normal
- They might tell the same story or repeat information several times a day
- They may often forget to do basic tasks like turning off the stove or brushing their hair
- There may also be obvious physical signs, such as sudden weight loss, bruises or a lack of personal hygiene
If you see any of these signs, it may be time for you to consider an elderly intervention for your parent or loved one.
When you see signs that there may be trouble with an older loved one, you may wonder if it is time for an elderly intervention. Sometimes they may declare they are fine on their own and do not need help.
Perhaps they become upset or angry if you mention that they might be better off in a community where someone is available to assist them with their day-to-day needs.
They may still insist on driving their own car, even as their eyesight or reflexes are failing them, or remaining in a home with several safety hazards.
However, studies show that certain types of interventions, such as preventative home visits and other services for the aging, can help improve their lives significantly.
How to Respond
We know your parents value their independence, which makes preparing for an elderly intervention that much more difficult. Speaking with them may not be easy for either of you; however, there are caring and respectful ways to do this.
Share your feelings and let your loved one know you are there for support. Let them know you respect and value their independence as much as they do, and that you want them to have control in the decision-making process when it comes to lifestyle changes.
Let them take small steps to modify their life and give them time to adjust to the changes. Often, these interventions improve their chances of continuing to live at home.
Taking Care of the Caretaker
Caring for aging parents is time-consuming and may drain you physically and emotionally. Once you have staged an elderly intervention and taken the first steps in the right direction with an intervention service, remember to take care of your own needs as well.
Educate yourself on the legal and financial aspects of caring for an elderly parent. Familiarize yourself with their medical issues and needs. This knowledge will minimize the unpleasant surprises you may encounter during this important endeavor.
Please call us to learn more about how we can help you stage an intervention: 1 (877) 478-4621
The Intervention Services team is here to provide a full continuum of care for your loved one. Learn more about us here.