Are your parents okay?

Nine Signs You Need to Look Out For

By Paul Stavros, Director of Sales, Samaritas Senior Living

Now that the holidays are over you may be reflecting on your experiences with your parents and wondering if it’s safe for them to live in their family home. This is a common question among adult children. If you’re not sure, consider these tips for knowing when it may be time to consider a change.

Weight Loss
This is a common occurrence among seniors but look for drastic weight loss and consistent fluctuations. This can be an indicator of other health issues.

Medication Mix-ups
Do you see lots of bottles of medications that are unopened? Have they forgotten what each medication is for?  

The Familiar is Now Unfamiliar
Do they seem to be “lost” sometimes and easily disoriented in their own living room? Or at a friend or family member’s home?

Defensiveness and paranoia
Unfortunately, it’s more common than you would think and these are certainly signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease or some other physical illness.

Lack of personal hygiene
Is your parent neglecting daily self-care tasks like showering, dressing, brushing their teeth, etc. – it’s a clear sign that something is wrong.

Unkempt living spaces
Is their home is uncharacteristically messy? Stacks of dirty dishes in the sink, dirty clothing piled up? Is there an accumulation of “stuff” such as mail and garbage?

Loss of balance or frequently falls
Does you love one frequently have cuts or bruises anywhere on their skin?

Missed deadlines
Are your parents frequently forgetting to pay bills? Are they missing doctor’s appointments?

Changes in their social habits
Is there a lack of desire to go out or connect with others? This can be a sign of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

All of these warning signs could be an indicator of:

  • Physical ailments (like Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis) 
  • Depression
  • Cognitive Decline
  • Sensory Decline

Take stock and spend time with your loved one to determine what level of care is needed for them. And prepare just in case a move is needed. Start by contacting any of our Samaritas Senior Living team members to learn about solutions that can work for you. Contact us at (833) 505-CARE to speak with a Samaritas Senior Living representative. 

Samaritas offers retirement living for seniors with five communities throughout Michigan. Whether you want independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory support or rehabilitation therapy, you’ll find a home that feels right in our fun, faith-based communities.

Visit Samaritas.org/seniors to take a virtual tour of our five communities. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @IAmSamaritas or on Instagram @WeAreSamaritas.

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