Evaluating Your Loved One’s Needs

Extended family holding hands and walking in parkA century ago, only four out of every one hundred people in the U.S. were age 65 or older. Today, older adults represent the fastest growing segment of the population, and as more people are entering the later stages of life, it becomes increasingly important to recognize ways to monitor and assess the changing needs of our loved ones. And while growing older is inevitable, there will come a time when you need to ask yourself whether a loved one is still able to care for him or herself independently.

For most of us, it is hard to face the fact that our loved ones may need assistance in decision making and in caring for themselves. Defining when and if assistance is necessary and determining where to start can be difficult. At AlvitaCare, we care about the health of you and your loved ones.

Use our Behavior and Personal Evaluation Checklist to assist you in identifying and monitoring changes in your loved one’s behavior. Asking yourself these questions now can help you to be better prepared for any planning and coordination of care that may be necessary in the future.

Behavior and Personal Evaluation

Have You Noticed…?

Signs to Look for:

…a noticeable change in the way a loved one is maintaining his/her yard or home?Cleanliness, tidiness, and overall organization of the home have declined
…that a loved one is beginning to show signs of memory loss?Missed appointments or commitments that were made recently
Getting lost or turned around in familiar places
Frequently misplacing or losing important items
Forgetting conversations
Easily distracted or confused
…a loved one showing signs or symptoms of depression?Acts withdrawn in social situations or during routine activities
Appears sad, lonely, restless, or irritable
Displays a more negative attitude than usual
Isolates him/her self from contact with loved ones
…a noticeable change in appetite?Non-dieting weight loss
Non-diet related weight gain
Overall fluctuations in weight
Decreased interest in cooking and/or eating
…a decline in driving capabilities?Driving frequency has decreased
Driving at inappropriate speeds (too fast or too slow)
Vision problems
Hearing problems
… medications are not being taken as prescribed?Wrong medication is being used
Medication is not taken at all
Improper medication dosage
Foods, supplements, medications, or activities that can cause side effects
…a decline in grooming or personal hygiene habits?Clothes are not being laundered or do not appear to be clean
Bathing frequency has declined
Lapsed attention to oral hygiene
Decline in daily activities/exercises
…an increased need for assistance?Walking, climbing stairs, getting in and out of bed, dressing, bathing, etc. have become difficult to perform independently
…a change in sleep patterns?Insomnia
Excessive amounts of sleep
Frequently waking throughout the night
Nightmares
Abnormal signs of fatigue such as exhaustion or weakness
…signs of incontinence?Frequent urge to urinate
Begin to experience occasional leaks or dribbles of urine
Needing to rush to the bathroom
* The information that is presented for the purpose of educating the consumer on a variety of wellness and health care topics. The Information contained is compiled from a variety of sources. The Information should not be considered complete and should not be used in place of a visit with, call to, consultation or advice from your Physician or other health care provider.

 

For more information or recommendations on signs to look for in order to assess your loved one’s needs, contact AlvitaCare today at 800-414-7611