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Tell-tale Signs That Your Aging Parents Need Help
We have compiled the following list... Do any sound familiar?
paying household bills on time or at all; Bills and important
documents are not put away in appropriate places and left lying
recognizing need for, arranging, or scheduling necessary household
repairs and maintenance; Lawn not mowed, trash disposed of, and
mail retrieved with any regularity
safely becoming an issue such as increase in violations, accidents,
easily becomes lost in familiar areas, and signs of deteriorating
preparing meals, eating at regular times, or missing them completely;
Poor selection of food is often on hand or old outdated food left
personal hygiene as indicated by unkempt hair, dirty or lengthy
nails, poor oral hygiene, body or urine odor, unshaven, and wearing
same clothes over and over
of interest in keeping up with housekeeping chores like laundry
or cleaning or simply complains that it is too difficult or tiring
to continue doing them
track of medications, missed doses, mistakes like overdosing or
interactions resulting in health concerns if not hospitalizations
to leave the house, run usual shopping errands, visit friends
and family, sleeping long periods, and uninterested in usual hobbies
up and down stairs and in and out of home becoming difficult;
Walking unsteady on level ground, complaining of dizziness, and
falls are likely or have already occurred
making sound decisions that are likely to cause self harm or danger
to others such as leaving the stove turned on or cigarettes burning
and not recognizing an emergency or knowing the appropriate response
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