In Ohio, an 88-year-old woman admitted she wished people would check on the elderly more often. In her case, a raccoon made its way into her basement. For eight days, she was terrified that the raccoon would make its way through the basement door and into her main living areas.
During her interview, she admitted that while she has people who come by and mow her lawn, it’s not enough. She said she wished that people would check on elderly friends and family members more often. It should be more than something you say. She says she’s reached out for help, but nothing has come of it. She also doesn’t want to have to move.
In addition, she said if neighbors would stop by and see if their elderly neighbors needed anything, it would be equally beneficial. She recommended checking on the elderly every few days rather than every few weeks.
It’s a good time to remember to check on seniors. Heat waves are a common time when seniors try to handle things. They overheat and end up needing medical care for dehydration and heat exhaustion. You should check on seniors regularly, but you should increase visits when it’s very hot or very cold outside.
Why Don’t Elderly People Call for Help?
You might wonder why a senior citizen wouldn’t call to get help. Many times, pride gets in the way. The senior doesn’t want to be a burden to anyone. They’d rather try to handle things alone or go without.
To prevent situations like this, make sure your mom and dad know that you’re always there to help. If you repeat that you are happy to help them in some way, they’ll start to reach out more often.
You Can Check In Without Having to Do Much
Life can get hectic. You can check on a senior neighbor, friend, or family member without taking much time. Stop by with takeout and share a meal. In that time, you’ll be able to ask if there is anything that’s needed. You may not have time to do it, but you could help arrange to have someone else complete whatever needs doing.
Sometimes it’s not possible to check on an elderly parent as often as is necessary. You live on the other side of the country. If that’s the case, talk to a home care agency about caregivers. Caregivers can stop by every day or every few days to see how your parents are. Caregivers are trained to cook meals, help with housework, assist with grooming and more. Call today.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN SUMMERLIN, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.