It is possible to use your five senses to evaluate the status of elderly family members. Families often overlook a variety of warning signs such as forgetfulness, lack of house cleaning or a decrease in physical appearance by writing them off to “old age”.
SIGHT – Looking at the senior’s appearance can be a sign that they are being limited either physically or mentally from completing otherwise normal daily tasks.
SOUND – Listening to what seniors say and how they speak can tell you a lot about their current mental status. Don’t assume that “old age” is causing these problems; doing so can delay uncovering the real cause.
TASTE – Tasting their food and sorting through their medications can help you determine if they are eating healthy or even worse, taking expired medicine.
TOUCH – a simple hug could tell you that your family member is fragile, losing weight and putting themselves in jeopardy of injury from not eating properly.
If you sense a problem based on these indicators, you should explore the services that are available in the home.
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