There can be all kinds of reasons for your aging adult to forget things now and again. You probably forget a few things, too. But if she’s forgetting big things often, you might want to talk to her doctor about whether this is something that you should be concerned about. Getting ahead of the situation can help you to put solutions in place quickly.
Unopened Mail Stuffed in Hiding Places
Unopened mail may not be a huge problem on its own, but it can be an indication that there are important bits in there, such as bills, that aren’t being managed. If your elderly family member doesn’t even realize what’s in her mail or where she’s stowing it, nobody can actually deal with it for her. offer to help your elderly family member sort her mail so she doesn’t have to worry about it on her own.
Spoiled Food in the Refrigerator
Food in the fridge that is spoiled can be downright dangerous for your aging adult. If she’s eating food with no regard to spoilage dates or signs that the food isn’t good any longer, that’s even worse. Work with your elderly family member to develop a system for cleaning out the fridge and making sure that she has plenty of healthy food on hand.
Appointments that She’s Missed
As your aging adult’s primary caregiver, you’re probably notified if she misses any appointments. Everyone forgets an appointment now and again, but if your elderly family member is doing this more often, it could be a problem. Consider using a calendar to track dates together or using an online calendar that you can synchronize.
Prescriptions that Haven’t Been Filled
If your elderly family member isn’t filling some of her prescriptions, she might feel that she has a valid reason. But this could be a medication that she very much needs in order to manage a serious health condition. Offer to fill prescriptions for her or talk to the pharmacist about setting up automatic refills.
Having senior care providers available can help your elderly family member to avoid all of these issues and more. They can also let you know if they spot something you should know about.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior care in Washington Township, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.