When is it Time To Intervene With Your Parents Care?
do you know when it’s the right time to intervene with your parents
care? This can be a very delicate situation. You don’t want to alienate
your parents by prying too much into their affairs, but you certainly
don’t want to wait until you get a call from the hospital ER or worse,
your State’s Department of Children and Families. To know when it’s the
right time to intervene might take “seeing out of the box”. As adult
children of elderly parents, we tend to see them as they once were,
instead of how they are today. Look at your parent as if you were
someone other than their adult child, such as a neighbor or a caregiver.
drive only when absolutely necessary, only during daytime hours and
only to places nearby home. I suggest to my client’s families that when
they are here visiting they have their parent drive them around and go
outside of their local comfort zone. If you’re not comfortable with
them driving you around, then that’s a red flag.
mail, insurance or bank statements and junk mail are hidden out of view
in drawers, under sheets of a spare bed or under the table cloth. (I’ve
really seen this). Of course some obvious clues are late notices and
returned checks because of duplicated or over payment.
maintenance projects are left unattended because maybe they can’t see
the water leak stain on the ceiling or ants crawling on the counter.
Maybe they can’t hear the toilet running.
for signs of malnourishment. Check the pantry for outdated canned
foods and the refrigerator for spoiled moldy food. Have they had to
tighten their belts to the next hole or two? You can tell this by
looking at their belt – there will be a wear line from the buckle from
where they normally had it positioned.
medical appointments, vague responses to your questions related to
their latest doctor visit (“I’m fine, don’t worry”), or they are using
more than one pharmacy. Any of these can be cause for concern.
are just a few examples of some early signs that your parent’s
functional status is declining to a point of concern. A Professional
Certified Care Manager with a background in social work, public health,
or gerontology can help assess their level of functioning and recommend
the most appropriate types of intervention and services.
reach one of our Advanced Senior Solution’s team members, either go to
the Contact Us tab or call 727-443-2273. We’re here to help with all of
your elder care questions, care needs, and much more! Call us today for a
free no-obligation care consultation via phone or in person.