By Todd Corrow, Marketing Associate at Legends at Heritage Place and Lisa Lehmann, Director of Resident Services at Twin Town Villa.
As families gather together during this upcoming Holiday Season, some may face seeing changes in their parents. Our goal is to assist all families with these difficult decisions. We have started a support group for all families in which the topics cover how to make the best decisions for everyone involved. When a family comes to us looking to take that next step, we sit down with all of them and take the time for them to communicate exactly what they are looking for and what concerns they have. We assist the families with finding the solution that works best for them.
Another area that we emphasize is that even if Mom and Dad come to live with us, it doesn’t have to mean that Mom and Dad can’t host the family get together. This Thanksgiving we are working with several of our residents to bring their family to the community for their traditional family gathering. We know this will mean the world to not only the residents, but to all of us here. We will have an opportunity to visit with the family and all our residents will have the opportunity to share in the joy of family.
We as a staff strive to allow the families to become just that – a family again, with the caregiver role becoming ours. This way the spouse can again become the husband or wife without the stress of taking care of the other, we want them to regain the smiles and relaxing times that we all cherish. We want the sons and daughters to be able to bring the grandchildren in and have the smiles brighten up the entire building. Smiles and laughter truly possess a healing power and create a warm and positive environment.
Coming home for the holiday’s can sometimes be an eye opener when you come home to an elderly parent(s). Sometimes it is amazing what declines we see this month that we didn’t notice six months ago when we were home last.
Things you might notice or signs that you should keep an eye out for –
- Your parent seems depressed. Depression is common in seniors who are isolated and alone.
- Dad is reaching for the backs of the furniture while getting around the house, leads us to believe that he is losses his balance more often, making it more difficult to get around.
- You notice frequent bruises, although your parent may try to cover them up. This may be a sign of falling or mobility and balance problems.
- Your parent wears the same clothes over and over again or neglects personal hygiene. This can indicate that doing laundry and bathing is physically challenging.
- Did you notice that mom isn’t wearing any of her favorite blouses? She is having a hard time buttoning them up.
- Mom seems more confused lately, she maybe having trouble keeping her medications straight. Mixing up the times and doses can lead to more confusion.
- The house and yard isn’t as clean and tidy as it used to be.
- Your parent forgets things, including doctor’s appointments and when to take medication. This may be due to memory loss.
- You notice strange or inappropriate behavior. For example, your parent may dress inappropriately for the weather. This can be a sign that your parent is experiencing confusion.
So as we gather for the Holidays lets be thankful for the opportunity to come together and create lasting memories. If you see things that concern you do not fear what the future holds embrace the opportunity to work with a Community which will provide a safe and caring environment where there will be opportunity to create more memories.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!