Imagine the following situation happening with your aging parent.
You got to their home to care for them as you do regularly and find a note from their bank that their account has been overdrawn. You check the account and find large transactions for companies that you do not recognize. When you ask your parent about it, they explain that the companies called them and told them that they needed to purchase a wonderful drug that will help with their arthritis or that their computer has a virus and that they needed to pay a large sum to get it fixed.
This situation would be frustrating for any family caregiver, but it should also be a moment to stop and evaluate your parent’s health.
If something like this happened you might immediately think that they have been scammed or that they simply don’t understand technology or medicine. While this might be true and is the reason that the elderly are a target for scammers, it may also be something more. Issues like this are signs of poor judgment, which could be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Monitoring your parent’s decisions and behaviors can give you insight into their condition and help you determine if they may need to be evaluated by a doctor to determine if they may be at the beginning of this progressive disease.
Some other signs of poor judgment to look out for include:
-Not grooming themselves properly
-Applying garish cosmetics
-No longer following basic safety guidelines such as walking out into traffic
-Sending large amounts of money to televangelists
-Buying excessively from TV programs
-Eating strange things such as canned food straight from the can or a bowl of cake batter rather than baking the cake
Elder care can be a fantastic way to help your aging parent achieve and maintain a better quality of life as they age in place.
An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they have access to the level of care, support, and assistance that is right for them as they cope with their individual needs, challenges, and limitations, and seek out more independence and fulfillment throughout their later years. As their family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that your aging parent will be able to pursue a lifestyle that is active, engaged, and healthy, while also knowing that they will have all of the care that they need both when they are with you and when they are not.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elderly Care in Geneva, AL, please contact the caring staff at Wiregrass HomeCare today. Call us at 334-539-5900.