As a family caregiver it is your responsibility to help your parent maintain the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. There are many ways that you can do this, but one of the most meaningful and effective is detecting when they might be struggling with a challenge or limitation. Recognizing when your aging parent is dealing with a challenge or limitation enables you to modify your care approach and ensure that they get the services and support that they need to manage that issue in the way that is right for them.
One of the most common challenges of older age is low vision. Changes in the eye structure, illness and trauma, and other factors can contribute to your parent not being able to see as clearly and effectively as they once did. Because these changes can occur very gradually, it can be difficult for your parent to detect when they are having trouble with their vision until the limitation becomes severe. This makes it extremely important that you pay attention to their behaviors and functionality so that you can detect if they may be having difficulty that you can help them to address.
Some signs that your elderly parent might be struggling with low vision include:
- Wearing clothing that they generally would not wear, such as combining patterns or colors that they usually would not, like wearing one black sock and one navy blue sock.
- Squinting or leaning close to things that they are trying to read.
- Sitting closer to the television.
- No longer participating in activities at that they once loved but that required vision, such as reading, needlework, and detailed crafts or hobbies.
- Indications that they may be having difficulty when driving, such as an increase number of scratches or dents on the car, or getting tickets for traffic violations.
- Asking you for help reading or finding things more frequently.
- Suffering more falls and accidents in the house.
- Using the wrong products in normal household activities, such as adding fabric softener into the washing machine rather than detergent or using the wrong ingredients when cooking.
Starting home care for your aging parent can be an exceptional way to boost their quality of life, support better physical, mental, and emotional health, and encourage them to live a lifestyle that is active and fulfilling as they age in place. An in-home senior care services provider can be there with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that your loved one is getting all of the care, support, and assistance that they need, while also encouraging them to maintain as much independence and engagement as possible throughout their later years. This can include safe and reliable transportation, assistance with personal care needs such as grooming and bathing, meal preparation, mobility assistance, and companionship. Knowing your parent has this type of care will ease your stress and allow you to focus your energy and attention more effectively and efficiently throughout your care journey.
When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider senior care provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.