Home for the Holidays: Senior Relatives’

Holiday traditions are an important part of our culture. It’s a time that family and friends gather to celebrate, reminisce and create new memories. Older family members are often the backbone of these gatherings.

Sometimes, in the midst of festivities and planning, we notice something that isn’t quite right with a beloved family member. The signs are often subtle, such as these clues:

  • Not answering the phone or a knock on the door may be a sign of hearing loss.
  • Bruises or bumps might be the result of falls.
  • General dinginess or unusual clutter in the home may be a sign of many things, including poor vision, low energy or memory loss.
  • A refrigerator or pantry that is empty of healthful food may be a sign of decline.
  • The relative’s appearance—lack of tidiness or clean clothes—can signal that something isn’t right.

It’s difficult to notice small changes that occur gradually and often it’s not until family arrives for the holidays that we notice something is wrong.

How do we deal with these concerns? Sometimes just checking things out with the health care provider is all it takes to adjust medications, get new eyeglasses or obtain hearing aids. Other times the solution isn’t as simple. Perhaps the person is experiencing memory loss, or has an illness or condition that affects their daily lives. Adding a caregiver to the home can be a simple and effective way to keep a loved one safe and independent.

Since 1984 Advanced Health Care has been keeping loved ones safe—during the holidays and all year long. Its caregivers can help empower clients to maintain their traditions and role in the family. Shopping, cooking and entertaining are all possible and fun again with the help of a caregiver.

Whether you’re looking for help for a few days, a few weeks or ongoing, Advanced Health Care may be for you. Call today to make plans to improve the life of your loved one, and help everyone to enjoy the holidays.

Julianne Ferguson

Advanced Health Care

253-475-7744 Tacoma or 360-459-7888 Olympia