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New Year’s Resolution: Keeping Elder Family Members Safe at Home
Story Number is : 012212128
VNA HealthCare

2012 came with its usual pomp and circumstance and for most of us a New Year’s Resolution. Now that the ball has dropped and we had our chance to celebrate and ring in the new year, it’s just you and your resolutions.

We all struggle to keep these promises which we traditionally make to ourselves, whether it’s to lose weight, read that novel that has been sitting on your book shelf for the last three years or exercise more. There’s another resolution you might consider making…bringing the benefit of independence and safety to aging family members.
During the holiday season, you may have had an opportunity to notice first hand changes in an elderly loved one. You may have noticed things that wouldn’t necessarily be noticed over the telephone, such as their ability to manage independently at home; memory loss, mobility issues making them a fall risk, loss of weight or access to nutritious food, changes to their personal hygiene, or confusion in taking prescribed medication.
If there was a noticeable, concerning change in your elderly loved one, the next question which needs to be addressed is what can you do to help? How can you begin to accurately assess their situation and address their needs to ensure that they remain safely and healthy at home?
“Now that the holidays are over and concern for your elder loved one has been raised, it pays to assess their entire condition and living situation,” states Kelly Keaveney RN, VNA HealthCare’s Geriatric Care Manager. “The name of the game is understanding the situation as it stands and staying ahead of it by putting the necessary services in-place which can help to prevent unexpected, avoidable health crises.”

Some of these services can include: 24 hour live-in & personal care attendants, companions, homemakers, errand, shopping and housekeeping assistance, transportation to medical and surgical appointments, home emergency response systems, medication reminder systems, home delivered meals, and companion and sitter service at hospital or skilled nursing facilities.”

This may be the easiest resolution to keep, since there are so many resources that can help.

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