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January 9, 2017

Elderly Care: The Holidays Are Over. What’s Next for Your Senior Loved One?

Elderly CareSpending time with loved ones over the holidays is priceless, in more ways than one. Not only does it provide the opportunity to create treasured memories that will last a lifetime, but it also gives family members the opportunity to check in on one another to ensure health and wellbeing. This is particularly true for elderly loved ones living independently; and it’s often during holiday visits that family members discover concerns that may raise questions about the need for elderly care assistance.

In an effort to help families keep their senior loved ones safe, we offer the following warning signs that a senior may be in danger of injury or that care needs are not fully being met:

  • Unintentional weight loss or gain
  • An understocked pantry or fridge
  • Outdated or spoiled food
  • A decline in the level of cleanliness in the home
  • An increased amount of clutter, particularly in walking areas
  • Problems with sleeping too much or not enough
  • A change in hygiene level
  • Memory lapses or confusion
  • Agitation or anxiety
  • Bills that haven’t been paid and mail that’s accumulated and unopened
  • Scorch marks on countertops, pots or pans
  • Burns, bruises, or other injuries
  • Damage to the senior’s vehicle

These and other red flags can indicate a change in the senior’s ability to safely live alone. A good first step is to make careful note of the changes you’ve witnessed in the senior, and then contact his or her primary care physician to share your concerns and to schedule an appointment for a check-up.

Then contact Valley of the Sun Homecare of Scottsdale to learn more about how our in-home elderly care services can help restore well-being and safety to your senior loved one. We offer a full range of individualized senior care services, customized to each person’s specific needs, including any or all of the following:

  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Light housework and laundry
  • Running errands, including picking up prescriptions and grocery shopping
  • Transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments and procedures, outings and more
  • Medication reminders
  • Assistance with personal care, such as bathing and dressing
  • Help with incontinence and bathroom needs
  • Ambulation and transfer assistance
  • Specialized dementia and Alzheimer’s care
  • And more

Our services are available for just a few hours a day, up to full-time, around-the-clock care. We begin by providing a free in-home assessment to determine how we can best assist the senior, create a care plan, and then review and modify that care plan ongoing as needs change.

Call us any time at 480-264-5252 and partner with Valley of the Sun Homecare to keep your senior loved one safe and well.