Keeping Your Elderly Loved Ones Safe at Home

The home that your elderly parent has occupied for decades is now quieter, calmer and emptier than ever before. While that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, some elderly adults struggle to live alone and maintain independence as health (physical, mental and emotional) changes occur. What should you look for when determining whether or not your loved one is safe?

Forgetting Medication Instructions

If your parent stops taking medications correctly, it is a significant cause for concern. As the list of medications your loved one takes grows, it can be difficult for them to manage the instructions and remember when to take what. To keep things safe, work with a pharmacy, senior home or home health care provider to keep medications organized.

Frequent Falls

One of the most serious signs that your loved one should not live alone any longer is frequent falls. A single fall can hurt the knees, spine, hip, pelvis, elbow or wrist. In many cases, broken bones after a fall lead to other complications like colds, bronchitis, pneumonia or strokes. If your loved one has unexplained bruising when you visit, keep in mind that he or she might be embarrassed to tell you about falls around the house. Pay attention and don’t wait to act.

Strange Purchases

Are your loved one’s credit card bills or other bills climbing? Are strange purchases appearing on billing statements? As adults age, it can be difficult to manage money properly. If your parent struggles to pay mandatory bills like the mortgage but seems to be purchasing odd products from television advertisements, extra help might be necessary. You, your siblings or a professional should monitor purchases and bills.

Staying Inside

A moderate amount of reclusiveness is normal, as many seniors enjoy spending time at home engaging in their hobbies of choice. However, if your parent is isolated from family, friends, social activities and the outside world, there might be a bigger issue. Healthy relationships with neighbors, friends and family have positive impacts on physical and mental health. An assisted living home could be the perfect place for your parent to meet new people and engage in more activities in a safe environment.

Partner with Senior Care Lifestyles

At Senior Care Lifestyles, we specialize in facilitating the connection between seniors and the right in-home care, assisted living and senior living communities. We have assisted hundreds of families with finding effective and affordable solutions for loved ones. Get in touch today by calling 410-220-2300!

Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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