As you happily pack your luggage for a trip to visit your aging parents or grandparents, I would like you to think about this story:
A few years ago, everyone in our family knew that our grandfather or, as we called him, Papa, was in failing health. Dementia had set in. But he lived several states away from the relatives. He refused to relocate to live with one of us. No family members were in the position to move closer to Papa, so I accepted the task of visiting him every three months to check on his welfare.
On the second day of one of my visits, I opened the pantry, hoping to find coffee creamer. Instead I discovered more than 20 boxes of cereal. All of them were past the expiration date and all of them were infested with bugs. This was certainly a new behavior, which helped me see that Papa’s cognitive abilities were quickly declining.
Later that morning, I questioned him about his medications. As I’m sure you can guess he struggled to remember the medication schedule. Some of the medication had not been refilled. Some of it, he had forgotten to consistently take.
In Papa’s closet, I found clothing that had been hung up dirty. In the fridge, I discovered expired perishables, including a couple of pounds of hamburger.
What I would like you to learn from my experience is when you visit your loved one, please, very gently, play detective. It is in their best interest to pay attention to what you find in the pantry, refrigerator and closets. Sometimes we overlook signs because from a first glance, everything appears to be just fine.
I have shared what to look for as you visit aging loved ones in a recent article, Clues That Signal Your Elderly Loved One Needs Help.
For your own peace of mind, you may begin to feel that your loved ones need a “daily check” to ensure they are okay – eating and taking their medications regularly, especially if your loved ones, like Papa, are far away from you. Adding a daily call between certain hours to your daily to-do list probably strains how far you already stretch your day.
That is exactly why I started Keeping in Touch Solutions. We are able to make that call every day, which provides comfort and a welcomed conversation to your loved one while relieving some of the stress in your life and giving you some peace of mind.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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