Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Is it Time to Ask for Help?

By: Susan M. Graham, Certified Elder Law Attorney, Senior Edge Legal, Boise, Idaho

Are you concerned for a friend, neighbor or family member that may need some extra help to continue to live safely at home?

You may have noticed one or more of the following:

• They have bruises on their arms and are unstable when they walk
• They miss doctor, hair and/or dentist appointments
• Bills pile up and are not opened
• They have a hard time dressing or eating
• They are isolated from friends
• They have become a danger to themselves or a danger to others, because the stove is left on or they have become poor drivers.

What can you do to help? Express your concern to them and also to the person(s) they rely upon. It is best to get help before there is a crisis. Once any problems are identified, it is easier to solve them with paid or volunteer help, or with other simple solutions such as better lighting, physical therapy or removing throw rugs.

Everyone will have greater peace of mind, knowing there is a plan in place to keep loved ones safe as they age.

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