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WHEN TO CONSIDER ADDITIONAL CAREForgetfulness, clutter, and personal hy- giene issues are causes to start the conver- sation about living options.maintaining one’s good health.Appear in inappropriate clothing suchsocialization and in once-loved hobbies can mean that your parent needs medical care or should reside in an environment where they can be around other people. Sometimes, de- pression comes from a sense of loneliness or the realization that they can no longer do things for themselves. A facility that offers assistance, socialization, and activities can help cure the loneliness and put them back on track to a more ful lling, active, and engaged life.Their needs will continue to escalate, which can lead to increased caregiver stress and burnout. When that happens, your abilityto care for your loved one is signi cantly diminished, which can lead to poor health for the caregiver. Whether it’s respite or transitioning to a care facility, the caregiv- er’s health will require a change.If any of the above signs become promi- nent it is time to seek additional assistance, either in the home, or by moving to a local senior community. A change in environment might be just what your loved one needs to thrive once again and to give you the peace of mind that you helped them to make a good decision for their well being.Clutter, bills, and mail are piling summer clothing in the dead of winter. This may indicate confusion or the loss of discretion in social situations.Your parent may actually have an active social life or they could be getting over- whelmed and not be able to manage their daily affairs. This may also indicate their physical health is slowing them down, increased apathy, or forgetfulness and mem- ory issues. Unpaid bills or bouncing checks are additional concerns. Ask your parent if help is needed with the clutter, or their bills.Missing appointments and other im- portant activities. Forgetfulness, absent- mindedness, and memory issues may show up when it comes to keeping certain ap- pointments, recognizing key dates, or, even more importantly, maintaining medication dosages on schedule. Try adding important dates to a calendar.Care needs have become too great.Losing a lot of weight. A parent who may have lost their partner or who is gener- ally depressed often loses interest in eating due to a reduced appetite. Check their refrigerator and pantry. Bring groceries or look into a service that offers prepared meal delivery.They are just acting plain unusual.Neglecting basic hygiene. Wearing the same clothing day in and day out or having a regular lack of cleanliness could indicate a loss of motivation or ability and/or forethought to look after themself. They may no longer care, or have forgotten, that such personal hygiene and cleanliness is an important part of daily living andThis is always the sign that families dread the most. Unfortunately, between aging, mental degradation, and the side effects from medication, you may note that your parent’s behavior has taken an odd turn for the worse. If you see signs of paranoia, aggressiveness, fear, strange phone calls, leaving the house for unexplained reasons, or nervousness, this should not be over- looked, as it’s a blatant sign that medical attention is in order.A loss of interest in caring for one’s self as well as a lack of participation inThey exhibit signs of depression.Fresh Perspective Home Care offers you just that... a Fresh Perspective to in-home care support services where our client’s needs come  rst. We specialize in the areas of catastrophic injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, hospice care, and compas- sionate ADL home care assistance.7127 S Westnedge Ave Suite 5A, Portage, MI 49002(269) 329-4717www.freshperspectivehomecare.comYour Life. Your Home. Our Help.Flexible & affordable personal health care services in your home Aide & companion service Medication set-upsupervision Housekeeping Transportation Nursing services Dementia Capable Trained Staff All employees screened & bondedCo-Owners:Thomas J. Unger, ACSWPatricia D. Slayton, RN, MSN5350 Beckley Rd, Suite DSide door of Southern Michigan Bank & Trust269-883-6002www.homecaretransitions.net60+ Years of Qualified Experience14 SENIOR HOUSING DIRECTORY | 2019

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