Assessing the situation of a loved one
The needs of older parents, relatives, and friends are manifested in a gradual and progressive way. Under certain conditions, however, these needs can become unexpectedly apparent.
Our loved one´s well-being may be affected by physical, mental, and environmental conditions that we need to understand:
S/he may encounter difficulties with daily routines such as: getting out of the home, running errands, keeping her/his personal care, and hygiene
S/he may have been diagnosed with any chronic disease, experienced weight loss, fatigue, and incontinence
S/he may be repeating stories or questions without noticing
S/he may be forgetting to take her/his medications; become withdrawn; feel depressed; and lack enthusiasm to enjoy activities which s/he used to enjoy —reading, movies, attending social gatherings or walking in the neighborhood
Her/his safety at home may be hindered by the inability to reduce accidents, keep up with the house, or be a fraud target.