Pay close attention to your aging parents on a holiday visit this year. Does the normally tidy house now seem neglected? Is there hoarding? Do you notice memory problems, confusion or physical unsteadiness?
The holiday season is upon us! Turkey, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings are making their way to the family dinner table and guests are arriving to spend quality time with their loves ones. As you settle in with your family to express your thankful thoughts of the year, take the time to check in with your elderly loved ones to make sure they are supporting themselves and assess any care needs they may have.
It’s an unfortunate burden of thought during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an important one to bear in mind: as written by the Wall Street Journal not too long ago, you’ve got to ask, is it “Time for Elder Care?” And then there’s the other half of it: you’ve got to observe, understand, and react in such a way as to truly help the situation. It’s easy to over-react when the well-being of your loved ones is at stake.
Take the opportunity this holiday season to assess their needs and then, if something is amiss, work to find specific solutions. Your loved ones might not need full-time care, but perhaps a housekeeper or even gift cards for a few restaurant meals might help. If additional assistance is needed, assess the situation and look for the most appropriate benefits – local, state, veteran, or specific group benefits are important first steps – and be careful in your timing.
Refer to the original article for more advice on this important topic. As you check in with your loves ones, make the most of your time with them and enjoy the wonderful holiday season ahead!
Reference: The Wall Street Journal (November 4, 2012) “Time for Elder Care?”