Should I encourage my parents to get more help?
My parents health has declined and I am concerned.
If you do not see your parent often, changes in his or her health may seem dramatic. In contrast, the primary caregiver might not notice such changes, or realize that more help, medical treatment or supervision is needed. For families dealing with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, it can be easier to "cover" for the parent doing things for him or her - filling in information in conversations, and so on - than to acknowledge what is happening.
It's important to raise the subject, without sounding too critical. "Mom, it looks like you don't have much food in the house - are you having trouble getting to the store?' and explain why you are concerned. Discuss what you think needs to be done: "Can you follow the medication schedule? Would you like some help with housework?" Follow up your suggestions with practical help, and give specific examples of what you can do. For example, you might arrange to have a one-on-one attendant come in the home three times a week to perform activities of daily living.
Call our office today if you think your parents could benefit from an in-home attendant. Our office will schedule a complimentary assessment and put together a care plan of needs.