Holly Springs, NC (PressExposure) April 08, 2009 -- Watching your once active parents or other relative decline into someone who needs constant care is heartbreaking and overwhelming. But with 36 million seniors living in the U.S. and the population projected to double, caring for an elderly loved one is a reality most people will face. Thatâs why Senior Helpers, a leading provider of in home senior care, advises learning the signs your senior relative needs assistance.
âItâs much better to arrange for help for an elderly family member while they can still be part of the process rather than during a crisis because it gives everyone time to make thoughtful decisions,â says Peter Ross, CEO and Co-Founder of Senior Helpers, the nationâs fastest growing franchisor of in-home senior care. âSeniors often believe getting help means being moved out of their house and thatâs where the resistance comes in. But many times in home care is a better option.â
Senior Helpersâ elderly care experts remind people to respect a senior family memberâs pride and dignity when discussing the need for assistance. Approach the topic with respect and understanding and express concern for the family membersâ safety. The warning signs could be indications of many issues. If there is a concern itâs important to contact a doctor.
10 WARNING SIGNS A SENIOR RELATIVE NEEDS ASSISTANCE. â¢ The house is cold, the telephone is cut off. â¢ Losing track in a conversation, forgetting the names of children, grandchildren, the day of the week, etc. â¢ The death of a spouse. â¢ The refrigerator and cupboards are half empty even though you know the relative can still get out. â¢ Personal hygiene is poor. â¢ Constantly making excuses when asked to go somewhere or do something, or wanting to be alone. â¢ Sudden weight loss. â¢ Never cleaning or delaying home repairs. â¢ Failure to take prescribed medications. â¢ Behavior changes.
âThe best way to keep track of a senior family members situation is to keep in touch with them and this is one time where being nosy is justified,â says Ross. âVisit or call often and use one of the warning signs as a way to approach the topic if needed.â
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