For today, let's start with the signs that indicate it may be time for older adults to move out of their homes. These signs can be grouped into several different categories.
When is it time for an older adults to move out of their home?
They can't manage their medications correctly.They are taking too much or too little.They're not taking them at the right timeThey aren't getting they're prescriptions filled as needed.They're forgetting doses.They can't open the pill bottles or medicine boxes.They're refusing to take needed medications.
They are not eating or drinking enough.They're frequently hospitalized with dehydration.They're skipping meals.They aren't able to prepare meals for themselves.They're not able to follow the diet plan that the physician recommends.They're not able to get food or groceries into the house.They are losing weight.
They have a drug or alcohol problem.I believe this one is pretty self explanatory, but let's expand. Major issues include mixing alcohol with medications or smoking in a house with a person who is on oxygen.
Home safety is an issue.The home is unsafe due to hoarding or an infestation.They can't keep up with the necessary home management. For example, there are maggots in the trash or mold covering the dirty dishes piling up in the sink.They can't safely access all the necessary areas of their home due to stairs or other barriers.
They have difficulties with financial management.The monthly bills aren't being paid so water/electricity has been cut off.
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