Are they less mobile or having difficulties moving around, making them a bigger risk for potential falls?
Have you noticed any changes in terms of their eating habits? Do they look underweight and malnourished?
If they are having difficulties getting to the grocery store or preparing their own meals, is someone assisting them by bringing food in?
Can you see a noticeable difference in terms of their personal hygiene? Has their hair been washed, and, for the men, are they clean-shaven?
Are you finding that their clothes are piled high and unwashed? Are the halls and rooms filled with clutter?
Are there any signs of memory loss?
Are there any signs that they are confused in terms of taking their prescribed medications?
"The holidays are a good opportunity to assess how your elderly loved ones are really doing," states Steve Woodward, a regional director in Emeritus’ Northeast Division. "The goal is to examine their home environments for these important indicators. Understanding their ‘bigger picture' in terms of where they stand allows families to find and access the necessary services, like assisted living and memory care, which allows their loved ones to continue living comfortably and safely.”
If you can identify any significant changes in elderly family members, a registered nurse from Emeritus at Mountain Laurel can work with you to fully assess the situation and develop the necessary plan and services. If you would like to schedule a visit to Mountain Laurel for an assessment, contact Mountain Laurel at (860) 652-3444 or your nearest Emeritus Senior Living community at www.emeritus.com.