As our parents age, their independence slowly diminishes and the talk about their future is necessary. Before approaching this conversation, there are signs to look for that can be helpful prior to speaking with a parent in regards to getting extra help or not.
In the Home:
Is the house unusually dirty or messy?
Is the refrigerator and/or pantry practically empty?
Does the refrigerator have a foul smell?
Is there a large pile of unopened mail?
Has the yard been neglected?
Have their daily routines such as bathing, dressing, walking, or eating become increasingly more difficult?
Do they have a lack of motivation?
Are they having consistent memory lapses?
Are they frequently misplacing things?
Do they forget to take their medications?
Have they recently fallen?
Have they left the oven or stove on for too long and burnt pots/pans or food?
Have they had any poor medical conditions recently or have poor medical history?
Have they lost a decent amount of weight in a short period of time?
If you can answer yes to these questions, then discussing options with your parent is mandatory. There are many choices for a loved one to remain independent and refrain from moving into a nursing home or an assisted living facility. All of these signs may mean that your parent or grandparent needs assistance during the day and/or needs a Personal Emergency Response System or PERS. As people age, often they have lived in their home for decades and have every intention of staying there until they pass. If staying at home is the decision that you and your loved one can agree on, a PERS can give peace of mind to the entire family. With just the press of a button, help is there for you.
Taking a look at CST’s “Checklist for Aging Parents” one will see that going through these kinds of questions are imperative for your loved one’s needs. Depending on how severe their needs are, making a decision to get a PERS is never a bad choice, especially if they live alone and are prone to falling. Within seconds, our care center operators are answering their emergency and have specific protocol for each subscriber, no matter how detailed.
Another option is a Medication Management System. This device will notify the subscriber when they are to take their medication. If they do not take it at that time, our care center will then receive a notification that i.e. Sally Smith has not taken her medication. We then go through a protocol to make sure that she does indeed get to her medication. This system is great for those who have many medications to manage or have trouble remembering to take them.
Both a PERS and a Medication Management System can be very beneficial for both the parent and the child as peace of mind will lift the weight of the world off of your shoulders. Going through CST’s “Checklist for Aging Parents” can be the beginning of just that. Knowing what your loved one needs can be difficult when the red flags aren’t obvious. Let CST’s “Checklist for Aging Parents” help you make the best decision.