Care recipient (cr) may need a caregiver but friends and family aren’t sure what kind of care is needed

Try: If cr lives independently try to assess his her care needs each time you visit for example try asking yourself is there food in the refrigerator is it spoiled is cr eating regular meals what is the condition of the inside and the outside of cr’s home has it changed are cer’s bills paid are there piles of unopened mail do friends and relatives visit cr regularly what is cr cr’s personal appearance is he she bathing and grooming is cr still able to drive safely

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Categories: Sage, Topic, Communication, Maintenance, Medical Physical, Personal, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Independence, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Vision, So-So Vision, Poor Vision, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, Unaware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

Information: And keep it handy for example make sure you have contact information for physicians pharmacies care providers and neighbors as well as important financial and legal documents easily accessible in case they are unexpectedly needed try to give yourself a break living out of town does not mean you aren’t involved or that you don’t care try to get support by connecting with others who are long-distance caregivers through an online community or a local support group

References: Adapted from www alz org long-distance caregiving by staff writer no date

Keywords: Assess care needs lives alone piles of mail unpaid bills unsafe to drive

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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