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Spring Holiday Check-Ins: Tips for Assessing Senior Needs

By Melissa Hill, 8:00 am on

Spring is filled with holidays such as Mother’s Day and Easter that provide many wonderful opportunities for families to gather with their loved ones. As you engage with your loved one during springtime festivities, be sure to also utilize this checklist, provided by the caregivers at Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma, that will help you identify any potential needs your senior may have for help during the upcoming months.

Identify Potential Safety Hazards

When you visit your loved one’s home, be alert for potential hazards that could affect their health. Indoor and outdoor walking paths should be clear so that falls are prevented. If your loved one has handrails and other safety features in his or her home, give them a wiggle to make sure they are secure. Check fire alarm batteries and extinguishers to ensure they are not expired as well.

Check for Seasonal Maintenance Concerns

Springtime brings weather and plant growth that may require additional maintenance around the home. If your loved one’s lawn is overgrown, arrange for a yard service. Check that HVAC units have been inspected and repaired before hot weather hits, and take a quick look at their roof and exterior of their home to see if there is a need for repairs or paint.

Peek into the Pantry

A quick peek into your loved one’s pantry and refrigerator can give you a clue as to how well they are eating. If you notice that their pantry is bare or there seems to be a lack of healthy food, talk to them about possibly arranging for meal services or in-home care in Oklahoma City, which can include grocery shopping assistance and food preparation.

Watch for Overall Health and Mobility

Throughout the spring festivities, you can assess your loved one’s general health and comfort as they move around. Take note of if they seem to be eating well or if they seem to have lost weight. Seniors who are less interactive or sullen may be struggling with isolation or depression. Those who seem shaky or off-balance may need further examination from their physician. If you notice any concerns, bring them up shortly after the springtime celebration so that a solution can be found to meet your loved one’s needs and provide them with security and comfort through the rest of the year.

If you feel that your aging parent or loved one could use additional help or assistance at home, call Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma at 405-285-4191 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Care Manager. We proudly provide live-in and hourly care Oklahoma families trust, and all of our services come backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.