Everyday activities play a larger role in the lives or your elderly loved ones and relatives and even more so if they are afflicted with health issues. These daily activities can be one of the determining factors in whether they can continue to age in place or whether they may need to relocate to an assisted living facility. Paying attention to what your aging parents can do on a day-to-day basis will be something that becomes more crucial as they age if they’re determined to age in their own home.
Talk with them about household chores and grooming, as well as those they don’t feel they can handle any longer, such as driving or managing finances can help you decide whether they’re still able to live on their own or if you need to become more involved.
Here are some daily activities to monitor and consider when deciding on your loved one’s long or short term capabilities.
- Can they make and receive calls and hear the caller?
- Do they need a special phone with caller ID, large numbers or those with more powerful speakers?
- Do they misplace their mobile phone or a portable land line handset
- Are they able to drive?
- If he or she can’t drive, does a relative nearby that can help?
- Does the local grocery store of pharmacy deliver?
- Have they had fender benders or more serious accidents in recent months?
- Can they still navigate the grocery store? If not, does the store deliver?
- Can they handle pushing a shopping cart and the checkout process?
- If they are on medication, does it make them drowsy?
- Are they bathing or showering regularly?
- Are they brushing their teeth and combing their hair every day?
- Are they keeping up with their laundry?
- Are they able to safely operate the stove and microwave?
- Are they eating healthy meals?
- Are they having trouble remembering to turn off the stove once they’re done
- Can they write checks and balance their checkbooks?
- Are they able to afford their bills?
- Are they paying their bills on time?
- Do they have a budget they follow?
- Are they regularly taking their medications?
- Are they getting their refills on time? You might want to see if the local pharmacy sends out reminders or can deliver.
- Are there any obstructions or obstacles in their way as they move through their home creating a possibility of falling?
- Does the home or apartment have good locks?
- Do they know not to open the door to strangers? They should not allow any door-to-door individuals sell them any goods or services.
- Make sure they realize they should not give out any personal information over the phone unless they are absolutely certain who the caller is.
- Do they have a burglar alarm installed?
- Do they have a home medical alert system in the event of a medical emergency or fall?
Every family situation is unique and you find there are other activities you need to monitor. No matter what the situation is, be sure to identify ways to help them retain their independence as much as possible. Keeping them involved in the process of deciding what is manageable and what they need to relinquish to others is key to ensuring they feel in control of their own life!