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posted: September 30, 2007

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Timely Tip: Is an Independent Living Assessment Needed?

Family caregivers may instinctively feel they know when their aging loved one can no longer live safely on their own, but a formal assessment by a trained geriatric professional is always best, and is accompanied by specific advice on how to handle the situation.

Use this checklist as your own guide on whether it's time to bring in a professional eldercare expert to make that formal assessment with you and your loved one:

  • Has your loved one lost weight?
  • Do they appear poorly groomed -- unshaven, hair dirty or unkempt, or wearing dirty clothes?
  • Does their breath smell or do they have body odor?
  • Is there food in cabinets or the refrigerator?
  • Are dishes piled in the sink, carpets dirty, furniture dusty?
  • Is the house cluttered and the yard a mess?
  • Have they lost interest in going out or in activities they once enjoyed?
  • Do they seem unsteady or afraid to use stairs?
  • Have you noticed changes in their normal behavior or routine?

To get the full story working with a geriatric professional to assess your loved one's capabilities for living alone, read the feature article Gauging Whether Mom and Dad Can Continue Living on Their Own – Dealing with the Telltale Signs in the September 2007 edition of Caregiver's Home Companion.

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