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Things to Watch for When You Visit Your Aging Parent

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Visiting your aging parent should be a mutually pleasant experience. However, there may be times when you notice unpleasant things about your loved one’s appearance or the condition of the place he or she is living in. Here are some things to watch for when you visit your parent and what you can do about them.

Old Food in the Refrigerator

If you stock up your parent’s refrigerator with food on a regular basis, check the contents when you visit. If much of the food has gone bad, your loved one may be in the beginning stages of cognitive decline. Remind him or her to periodically check the fridge and throw out expired food items. Explain the health consequences of eating expired food, and avoid overstocking the refrigerator. Some foods may get hidden behind others and forgotten until they’ve expired. 

Remembering to throw away expired food can be challenging for seniors living with age-related cognitive decline. Living alone at home in the golden years can present a few unique challenges. Trust Ft. Lauderdale senior care professionals to help your senior loved one maintain a higher quality of life while he or she manages an illness and performs the daily tasks of living.

Unpleasant Odors

Whether on your loved one’s body or in the air, odors may mean your parent isn’t practicing good hygiene or is having difficulty keeping up with household chores. Whether your parent needs help with bathing or taking out the trash, he or she will appreciate your assistance. While it’s important to offer your help with the activities of daily living, avoid mentioning that he or she has an offensive body odor. Instead, make sure his or her clothes are always freshly laundered, and keep tabs on hygiene habits. If your parent is unable to live independently anymore, consider hiring a caregiver or companion. 

Apart from maintaining hygiene, professional caregivers can help with managing daily tasks as well. There are a variety of reasons family caregivers should consider respite care. Galt Ocean Mile, FL, families often have additional responsibilities that make it more challenging to provide the care their senior loved ones need and deserve. A professional respite caregiver can take over your important caregiving duties, allowing you more time to focus on yourself.

Weight Fluctuations

If you notice a significant difference in your parent’s weight, make an appointment with the doctor. Both weight gain and weight loss could indicate medical problems, or it may mean your loved one either forgot that he or she has already eaten and eats again or is forgetting to eat altogether. If your loved one’s weight is more prominent in the abdominal area, it may be the result of fluid buildup, which needs to be assessed by a physician as soon as possible. If your parent has lost a significant amount of weight, the doctor can investigate the possibility of both physical and psychological causes and recommend a therapeutic diet to help with weight gain.

Poor Condition of a Pet

Pets are great companions and can provide a sense of wellbeing. During your visit, evaluate the condition of your loved one’s pet to determine if its nails are too long or if it has matted hair. Other things to watch out for are offensive pet odors, pet accidents on the floor, weight changes, and fleas. If you discover any of these problems with your parent’s pet, make an appointment with both the veterinarian and the groomer. The pet may be in poor condition because your loved one doesn’t feel well enough to care for it, or he or she may be experiencing cognitive decline.

Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but Lauderdale-by-the-Sea live-in care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust the professional live-in caregivers from Home Care Assistance to enhance his or her quality of life. Call (954) 909-0370 to schedule a free in-home consultation session today.