Lots of caregivers live farther away from their aging adults than they would like, especially when it comes to their senior needing more help. It might be time for an exploratory visit to get some more information.
Caregiver Rancho Palos Verdes CA – What Can a Home Visit Tell You as a Caregiver?
Her Clothing and Her Appearance
First take a look at how your senior presents herself. If her overall appearance has changed, that can be an indication that she’s not doing as well as you might think she is. Everybody has an off day, of course, but if her clothing is stained, dirty, or otherwise not something she would normally wear, this can be a big sign. You should also pay attention to her appearance beyond her clothing. Does it look like she’s avoiding washing her hair? Or is she suddenly wearing heavy perfume when she normally doesn’t?
The State of Her Refrigerator
The next spot that can tell you a lot at just a glance is your senior’s kitchen. Specifically check her refrigerator, pantry, and freezer. What you’re looking for is first for spoiled or out-of-date foods. These can be an indication that she’s not eating foods that she’s bringing home. You’re also looking for the types of foods that your senior is eating. If she’s eating a lot of processed foods or fast foods, that’s a bad sign.
Mail and Paperwork
Often when life gets overwhelming, your elderly family member might start to ignore some of the parts that are the most frustrating. Mail, including bills and paperwork, can be a big part of what your senior decides to ignore. More mail comes in every day, and that just gets to be too much to manage. One solution might be to switch bills over to electronic notifications and to put your senior’s name on a junk mail removal list.
Clutter and General Cleanliness
When someone doesn’t feel their best or when it takes too much energy to do simple things, their environment changes. Your elderly family member might be allowing some chores, like dusting or vacuuming, to slide. Or there might be more clutter piling up in general. These are signs that there’s more going on.
As a long-distance caregiver, this type of information lets you know how much help your aging adult truly needs. Once you’ve got some general information, you can work out how often home care providers need to stop by, whether you need to consider relocating, and so much more that ensures your senior has what she needs.
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of 1Heart Caregiver Services. Recently offering 1Heart franchise business opportunities to the public, Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its goal of making a positive difference in the homecare industry. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 25 years, with 15 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. She has been the recipient of several awards given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts, and entertainment. She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles, and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.
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