What to Look for During the Holidays
11.12.15

Recently, Healthy Cells Magazine published an article regarding the signs and signals to look for when visiting family this holiday season.

What to Look for During the Holidays

All the hustle and bustle. All the preparation. Time for the holidays!

As the winter holiday season approaches, excitement about family gatherings escalates and we look forward to seeing friends and family we may not have seen for awhile. We look forward to “catching up” and enjoying quality time together.

With our busy lives, sometimes things take place before our very eyes without us really even noticing. This can be the case with aging friends or family members. We’re often times surprised when we see that Mom is having difficulty with simple daily activities of life such as doing laundry, bathing, or even getting ready for the day. Or Dad, who used to love to tinker in his workshop, but now prefers to sit inside in his recliner because it’s just too strenuous to get out to his workshop.

It is times like this that we have the reality check in our gut that says it may be time to discuss other living options with a loved one. It’s not easy. But think about the consequences. Falling down steps? Over or under-medicating oneself? Poor nutrition?   These individuals have worked hard all of their lives and deserve to have the best life possible. There are options today like never before.

What are some of the things to look for while you are together? Here are a few things of which to take notice:

  • May require in-home caregivers
  • Unable to maintain home
  • Forgetting to take medications
  • Difficulty bathing
  • Needs help getting dressed
  • Needs help with housekeeping or laundry
  • Difficulty walking
  • Difficulty with stairs
  • Frequent calls/visits to physicians or emergency room visits
  • History of falling
  • Not eating properly or skipping meals
  • No help nearby if emergency occurs
  • Dependent on family & friends
  • Afraid to be alone
  • Isolated or lonely
  • Unable to drive

At Cedarhurst, our goal is to help you find the best possible living option for your loved one and help them enjoy this priceless time of his/her life. Please don’t wait for a crisis to make that call.

About Cedarhurst:

There are elements of life at Cedarhurst that are consistent for all of our residents. You’ll see these principles reflected in our mission, our values, the quality of our physical facilities, and in the caliber of care that we provide our residents. We appreciate that each and every person coming together in the Cedarhurst community is their own unique individual with completely different backgrounds, needs, and futures. Our care is designed to enhance our residents’ lives. Cedarhurst should be the best place that a senior has ever lived and we achieve this goal by treating our residents with dignity and respect no matter the level of care that someone may need. Cedarhurst encourages a healthy balance between independence and support and does so with the backdrop of beautiful facilities, top-notch staff, and delicious food.

To view the article in it’s original format, please click here.