How to Help a Senior who Seems to Need Help

Sometimes elderly people seem to lose touch with their surroundings and a lack of family members or friends to care for them compounds the challenges. Sometimes hygiene and housekeeping suffer without the elderly person even noticing. There could be many reasons for this, including medical reasons. Offering to help out is something proactive that you can do.

Steps

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    Be positive in your interactions. Avoid criticism or any words or actions that may cause embarrassment.
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    Locate the person’s emergency contact details.
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    Communicate with their emergency contact. Inform the elderly person's carers of the problems you have noticed.
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    Volunteer to be the emergency contact if you are related to them. Ask for medical contacts so you’ll know who to call when necessary.
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    Offer to take the elderly person to their doctor. Make the appointment if necessary, but only if they agree.
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    If the person refuses help, contact the Agency on Aging in the elderly person’s state for advice. The National Administration on Aging has a search feature for locating local contacts at Agencies, if you're in the USA.

Tips

  • Read the information at the US Department of Human Services -- Administration on Aging Web site at AOA

Warnings

  • Do not force an elderly person to do something they do not want to do, even if they are at risk (except to protect them in actual emergencies). The privacy of individuals is protected by law. You could be breaking a law even though you mean well.

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Categories: Aged Care