Activities of daily living, or ADLs, are those basic activities that your elderly family member performs just in the course of normal daily life. These are activities like moving around safely, feeding herself, and handling bathing and grooming tasks. It’s not always easy to know that these tasks are giving your senior trouble, which might be why you notice some of these issues first.
Your Senior Seems to Be Having Trouble with Financial Errors
Everyone can make an error in their finances from time to time. When it comes to your senior, what you’re looking for is an increasing pattern of errors and even difficulty doing simple things that have always been easy, like paying bills. If mail is piling up in her home, this might be a sign to look deeper, too.
You’re Questioning Your Senior’s Ability to Keep Driving
Driving is such a sensitive subject, but the reality is that your elderly family member is not likely to be able to keep driving no matter what. If you’re at a stage where you’re wondering if she’s okay to be driving, there may be other activities that are giving her trouble, too. It’s important to look at all of those possibilities and see what’s going on.
Your Senior’s Health Is Taking a Turn
Is your elderly family member’s health taking a bad turn? If that’s happening, there may be some issues she’s experiencing in caring for herself and her health on her own. It’s also important that you know whether your senior has experienced any falls or not. Once a senior falls, she’s twice as likely to fall again. Ask your elderly family member if she’s going to her doctor more often or if she’s had to go to the emergency room.
You’re Noticing Issues with Memory and Cognition
Some of the health issues that your senior might be facing could affect her memory and her ability to think. If you’re noticing signs of poor judgement or simply a lack of awareness of her surroundings, then it might be time to look at what else is going on in her life. These signs could be a result of stress or depression, or they could be signs of something more serious.
Once you’ve had a chance to talk with your senior and her doctor, you may have determined that your elderly family member needs some more help. Senior care services can be the perfect answer because they offer assistance without causing your senior to change her living situation.