When considering care for an elderly parent, there are many things to consider. Caring for another person takes time, patience, physical and mental strength, and support from other family members and friends. This article from the Washington Post raises many good points that should be thought through when caring for an elderly parent.
Specifically, think about the community you live in. In many parts of New Hampshire it is essential to have transportation. What if your parent can no longer drive himself or herself, can he or she walk to the store, a salon, or a friend’s house? Will he or she be out of touch with a social network because they can no longer drive?
To start an initial assessment, here are some simple questions to ask about the senior’s abilities:Shopping:
- Can the senior take care of all shopping independently?
- Can the senior only make small purchases independently?
- Does the senior need to be accompanied on shopping trips?
- Is the senior completely unable to shop?
- Can the senior plan, prepare and serve meals?
- Can the senior prepare meals if given the ingredients?
- Can the senior heat and serve prepared meals?
- Does the senior need to have meals prepared and served?
Housekeeping & Laundry:
- Does the senior maintain the house independently?
- Can the senior only perform light chores, like bed making and dishwashing?
- Does the senior need help with all home maintenance tasks?
- Does the senior do personal laundry completely?
- Does the senior only launder small items?
- Does the senior need all laundry done for him or her?
Some other areas in which seniors may need assistance include medication, finances and safeguards in the home. If you would like some more information or a free consultation with a family Debra Desrosiers, Certified Senior Adivsor would be happy to assist you in making some important decisions. Please contact us at (603) 483-8999 to make your appointment.