Holiday Family Reunions May Highlight the Need for Home Care

Every year, one of the most cherished holiday traditions is gathering with family. Getting together with those we hold most dear is often a highlight of the year.

For those who may see their parents only during the holidays, this may also be a time when they realize their loved ones are beginning to show signs that they are no longer living as robustly or as safely as they have in the past. Many children go home to discover a formerly healthy parent looking thin or frail, or a once immaculate home in disarray. These can be signs that a parent may need some outside help in managing their day-to-day activities.

Other signs that a parent may no longer be living safely include:

  • Weight loss
  • Memory loss
  • Unpaid bills
  • Inability to get around easily
  • Mood swings/depression
  • Excessive clutter around the house

If you notice any of these signs during your holiday visit, it may be time to consider home care.

A Coastal Home Care in-home caregiver can provide a variety of services for your loved one, including personal care such as dressing, grooming and bathing; providing companionship and providing transportation to errands, medical appointments and holiday events; light housekeeping and laundry; and assistance with exercise programs and medication management.

If you feel your loved one may need more comprehensive assistance, our care managers can provide an assessment of needs, develop and monitor and Plan of Care, review and manage medications, and act as a liaison between clients, caregivers and family members. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, our dementia care specialists are specially trained to provide the care and assistance your loved one needs to keep them safe and engaged in life.

Reuniting with family during the holidays provides an excellent opportunity to assess your loved one’s living situation. Senior Planning Services has helped thousands of families navigate the challenges of aging and assisting them in living lives of independence, dignity and purpose.