Is it Time Yet?

Seniors want to live independently as long as possible. The following is a list of things to consider:

  • Activities of Daily Living 

    • Loss of mobility 
    • Frequent falls 
    • Weight loss or gain 
    • Inability to maintain personal hygiene 
    • Loss of usual pride in appearance 
    • Change in sleep patterns 
    • Inability to maintain home/yard 
    • Inability to work in kitchen safely 
    • Inability to process laundry 
    • Inability to deal with mail 
    • Inability to do errands outside the home 
    • Any auto accidents?
  • Memory Problems 
    • Has short term or long term memory worsened?
    • If changes have been noted, has it been evaluated by the primary MD? 
    • Are they living in the past? 
    • Do you get vague and tangential answers to direct questions? 
    • Are they unable to follow directions? 
  • Medications 

    • Are they taking their medicine as ordered?
    • Do they need help with their medicine? 
    • Is a mediset required and can they set it up? 
    • Do they know why they are taking each medication? Do you? 
    • Do they know the usual side-effects to the medicine? Do you? 
  • Psych/Social Issues

    • Lack of interest in usual activities
    • Are the drapes drawn all the time? 
    • Loss of contact with family and friends, including phone contact 
    • Are the neighbors concerned? 
    • Is the family pet doing well? 
    • Has control changed of any pre-existing mental health issue?
  • Support Structures 

    • Does a family member have a Durable Power of Attorney?
    • Are there Advanced Healthcare Directives? 
    • Is there normal family interaction? 
    • Is there normal interaction with friends? 
    • Has the family discussed a plan for when help becomes necessary? 

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