Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit - page 19

Boomers Resource Guide
• Spring/Summer 2016
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These could be signs they
are not eating well because
shopping and/or cooking may
be difficult.
• The same clothes are worn
repeatedly or personal hygiene
is being neglected. This could
mean bathing and doing
laundry are both physically
challenging.
• The house and yard isn’t as
clean and kept up as it was in
the past
• Bruises may be a sign of
your loved one falling or
facing mobility and balance
challenges.
• Forgetfulness, including
missing doctor appointments
and when to take medications.
These are possible signs of
memory loss.
• Your loved one is depressed.
Depression is common in
seniors who are isolated or
alone.
• Strange or inappropriate
behavior. As an example,
your loved one may dress in
summer clothes on a cold,
winter day. This could be a
sign of confusion.
How do you choose a
senior living community?
It really boils down to the people
who live and work there and its
“feel.”A place with many amenities
and a high industry ranking may
be nice, but does it feel “homey?”
Will your loved one be comfortable
here? Some guidelines to follow as
you search and visit senior living
communities include:
The staff:
• Are they taking the time to
speak with you or are you be-
ing rushed?
• Do they appear genuinely in-
terested in you and your loved
one?
• Do they interact warmly with
current residents?
• How well do they handle emer-
gencies?
The residents:
• Do they appear happy and do
they enjoy interacting with one
another?
• Are they people your loved one
would like to get to know?
• Are there hobbies or activities
that look interesting to your
loved one?
For information on how to pay
for senior living communities,
see full article online at www.
seniorcitizensguide.com.
Editorial provided by Rob Gillette,
Chief Operating Officer, American
House Senior Living Communities.
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