As you gather this season for turkey, trimmings and togetherness, do things seem different with your parents, grandparents or other aging family members? Perhaps mom or dad are forgetting names or events or to turn off appliances. It’s tough for grandpa to climb stairs or get around the bathroom. A beloved aunt or uncle may be driving too slow or erratically in traffic. If older loved ones are having difficulty with tasks that were easier not too long ago, how will you protect them?
Here are three steps to begin: Step One: Download this checklist (See Self-Assessment for Aging PDF) to determine the Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living that your loved one can (or cannot) perform. Step Two: Search for and interview up to three qualified professional homemaker/companion and care agencies in your state and region. Select one that answers these questions to your satisfaction. If your loved one lives in Massachusetts or Connecticut, AgingInPlaceToolkit.com ’s list of home care agencies is a great place to start. Step Three: Connect with a certified aging in place remodeling specialist who can evaluate and recommend ways to modify your loved one’s home to ensure their safety, mobility and independence.
Need more support to manage an aging loved one’s evolving needs? AgingInPlaceToolkit’s advisors are available to help your family with ongoing counsel and active support. Contact us here to learn about our aging in place service packages.