Ralph stops by to visit his dad on a pretty regular basis, about twice a month or so. He’s concerned since mom past away a couple of years ago, that his dad might need more help at home. He noticed the house isn’t quite as neat as it used to be, but he dismissed it as just a bachelor’s tendency to let things go a little without a woman in the house. But yet, dad seemed to be getting a little more lethargic as of late; sleeping in more, complaining about just not feeling to well. He even had a bad fall or two, but when Ralph tried to inquire more about it his dad dismissed it as “nothing”.
About two weeks after the last fall, Ralph had stopped by to drop off some groceries, and clean out the fridge, when he noticed his dad seemed to be wearing the same clothes he saw him in 3 days before, and the body odor was starting to get a little strong. He convinced his dad to change and go get into the shower. As his dad was pulling off his shirt, a huge, swollen bruise became visible on his dad’s arm. This was no ordinary bruise: his arm was swollen, black & blue from the wrist to the shoulder and down the side of his rib cage. A huge amount of blood had been pooling internally and his father hadn’t even noticed it. Obviously the result of one of his recent falls, this internal bleeding was to blame for all dad’s other recent symptoms.
Ralph and his father rushed off to the ER where he was admitted and treated for his
Injuries. Within a few days dad was back home and in much better shape.
But it was time that they had “the talk.” It was time dad got some extra help at home.
Here are some of the warning signs that your parents may need to find in home care:
- Unexplained Injuries, cuts or bruises
- Stacks of Unopened Mail, Clutter, and Trash
- Moodiness, Anger, Nervousness: Emotional Difficulties
- Forgetting to Take Medications, or Taking the Wrong Meds
- Dents, or Visible Damage to the Car that Don't have Good Explanations
- Signs of Memory Loss, Dementia, or a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's
- Not Eating or Drinking Properly: Weight Gain or Loss
- Spoiled, Rotten Food Lingering in the Refrigerator
- Forgetting Important Appointments or Activities
- Loss of Interest in Usual Friends and Activities
- Difficulty Walking and Keeping Balance
- Frequent, Unpleasant Body Odor
- Reluctance to Shower or Bathe
- Strong Smell of Urine in the House
- Past Due Bills and Delinquent Notices, or Unusual Donations to Charities
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