Families Urged to Look Out for Signs Seniors Need Help
Pride, Privacy Make Help Difficult; Here are 10 Red Flags
Seattle: It’s heartbreaking and overwhelming to watch your elderly
loved one decline into someone who needs constant care. 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. That’s why Senior Helpers, a leading provider of in home senior care, advises
learning the signs your senior relative needs assistance.
“It’s 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,” says Pete Jelinek with Senior Helpers in Seattle. Getting help means being moved out of their house and that’s
where the resistance comes in. But many times in home care is a better option.”
Senior Helpers’ elderly care experts remind people to respect a senior family member’s pride
and dignity when discussing the need for assistance. Approach the topic with respect and
understanding and express concern for the family members’ safety. The warning signs could be
indications of many issues. If there’s a major health concern, it’s important to contact a doctor.
10 WARNING SIGNS A SENIOR RELATIVE NEEDS ASSISTANCE.
The house is cold, the telephone is cut off.
• Losing track in a conversation, forgetting the names of children, grandchildren, the day
of the week, etc.
• The death of a spouse.
• The refrigerator and cupboards are half empty even though you know the relative can
still get out.
• Personal hygiene is poor.
• Constantly making excuses when asked to go somewhere or do something, or wanting
to be alone.
• Sudden weight loss.
• Never cleaning or delaying home repairs.
• Failure to take prescribed medications.
• Behavior changes.
“The 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,” says Pete Jelinek.
“Visit or call often and use one of the warning signs as a way to approach the topic if needed. If
you can’t be there, hire an in home caregiver.”
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For more information about Senior Helpers, please visit: http://www.seniorhelpers.com/
About Senior Helpers:
Senior Helpers connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a
nursing or assisted living facility. The company has 260 franchises in 37 states and offers a wide range of
personal and companion care services to assist seniors living independently with a strong focus on
quality of life for the client and peace of mind for their families. Senior Helpers strives to be the leading
companion and personal care provider that offers dependable, consistent and affordable home care. For more information, please visit: http://www.seniorhelpers.com/