Visiting parents for the holidays is a great way to assess how they are really doing.

Remember, it is their home! Do your best to tactfully evaluate their needs. We’ve put a few lists together to help you gauge their independence, home safety, and plans for the future.

Too often well-meaning adult children attempt to force change. Instead of creating a battle, arm yourself with information and remember to focus on your aging loved one’s feelings. Empathy goes a long way.

Discreetly Check on Independent Seniors

Keep an eye out of meaningful signs that your loved one might need help around the house. Rather than fighting about the small things, assess the overall situation and thoughtfully approach potential ways to help out.

  1. Noticeable Decline in Tidiness of Home
  2. Scratches or Dents on Vehicles
  3. Missing Important Appointments
  4. Stacks of Unopened Mail or An Overflowing Mailbox
  5. Poor Diet or Weight Loss
  6. Spoiled Food That Doesn’t Get Thrown Away
  7. Loss of Interest in Hobbies and Activities
  8. Late Payment Notices, Bounced Checks and Calls from Bill Collectors
  9. Dirty Laundry Piling Up
  10. Noticeable Decline in Grooming Habits and Personal Care

Spend Time on Home Safety Updates

Falls are one of the most common reasons older adults end up in the hospital. There are simple steps you can take to reduce your loved one’s risk of injury due to falls.

Have Meaningful Conversations About the Future

Home care is a sensitive subject that will take multiple conversations. The initial conversation should be focused on your loved one. Ask them about their wishes and if they wish to stay in their home. While it is important to be honest it is equally important to be mindful of your parent’s feelings. 

  1. Come together as a team read more
  2. Start with less personal services read more
  3. Don’t force the situation read more

Home care allows seniors to receive help from the comfort of their own home. Onyx Home Care offers everything from companion care to skilled home care services. Our services adapt and increase based on your loved one’s changing needs.

We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season.