After working at the North/Eastside Senior Coalition for over 5 years now, I have begun to notice a pattern around the holidays. The first day after a holiday seems to be flooded with telephone calls from concerned family members wanting to know about services in the community. Family members who maybe aren’t able to visit with their parents on a regular basis are often surprised to return home only to find out that Mom or Dad is not doing as well as they thought. Holidays are a great time for family members to check-in to see how senior adults are doing at home. Family members may notice that the home is no longer as orderly as it once was, that Mom is not taking her medications as often as she should, or that Dad is not eating as much and appears thinner. Or families notice how happy their parents were when they had company and want to find social activities for them to participate in during the year. That’s when they call NESCO as they are afraid to return to their own homes again and leave Mom and Dad alone. NESCO case managers can visit with the senior adult and hopefully connect them with services so that they can continue to live independently at home. Family members are thrilled to now have a contact to talk to who will be able to continue checking on Mom or Dad while they themselves are out of town.
Don’t know what things to look for when visiting or how to discuss your concerns? The following link from the Wisconsin Alliance for Family Care Giving offers a checklist of items for family members as well as good advice on how to talk to your parents.
As always, NESCO case managers are also just a phone call away and are happy to also answer questions or address concerns….608-243-5252.