Since moving several states away from your mom, you’ve made it a point to call her every Sunday morning, without exception. After catching up on what happened over the last week, she always reassures you that yes, she’s eating well, getting plenty of rest, taking her meds, and doing just fine.
However, visiting her in person for a few weeks over vacation paints a different picture. Her once immaculate kitchen is cluttered with a sink full of food-encrusted dishes, junk mail and newspapers. The refrigerator contains spoiled and expired food. And most concerning of all, there’s a scorch mark on the countertop beside the stove.
For family members living far away from senior loved ones, these warning signs that help is needed are often only evident during in-person visits. Nora Jean Levine, executive director from Caring From a Distance, advises adult children to, ‘Open your eyes. Try and really see what’s going on and not what you want to be going on.’ It’s vital to assess both the home and the senior himself (for signs of depression or confusion, bruises that could indicate falls, and other personality changes). And in between visits, enlist the assistance of a trusted neighbor or an Aging Life Care Professional to keep an eye on the senior.
Most importantly, the best way to ensure frail older adults are safe and thriving is to partner with a professional in-home care agency, such as Regency Home Care of Atlanta, GA. Providing services such as medication reminders, transportation, assistance with housekeeping and meals, and friendly companionship, our Atlanta caregivers can make all the difference in both the life of a senior and the family who loves her.
To learn more about our Atlanta caregivers and how we can help your loved ones stay happy, healthy, and independent, contact Regency Home Care today!