Elder Care Wisconsin

When you’re considering getting involved in the caregiving tasks to help provide elder care in Wisconsin or other mid-western states, you may eventually be faced with the recognition that your aging loved one will be dying, hopefully without pain and distress, and as far in future as possible.  Nonetheless, you may find yourself involved in the difficult world of making end-of-life decisions.

Helping frail elderly people retain a say about what happens to them in their last months of life or to their bodies after death is the right thing to do.  You also need to know that legal documents as to what actions they want or don’t want taken to keep them alive, will also need to be prepared.  Then there is the process of appointing the person they would like to make their medical decisions when they no longer can do it themselves.  Most elderly are grateful for the opportunity to participate in these final decisions.  On the other hand, some like to live in denial and don’t want any part of this process.

But let’s say that you are considering Wisconsin elder care and that any end-of-life decision is a long ways off.  Taking early action prevents more serious problems in the future.  If you observe the following warning signs, a thorough assessment of your older person’s situation is necessary:

  • Extreme clutter, especially in a former compulsively neat person’s home
  • Clothes strewn about the bedroom, bathroom or house
  • Items that used to be in drawers and cupboards are now crowding countertops & other surfaces
  • Medication bottles left open
  • Uncertainty about what medications they’re taking, and when and why medications are supposed to be taken
  • Unfilled prescriptions
  • Unpaid bills
  • Penalties for overdue bills
  • Bill-collection notices
  • Disheveled and dirty clothes
  • The same outfit worn repeatedly
  • Dangerous driving
  • Unkempt hair
  • Body odor, may be indications of loss of bowel and bladder control and/or difficulty bathing
  • Bad breath, may be inability to brush or floss, gum disease, or infection in nose, throat, windpipe or lungs
  • Not much food in the house
  • No nutritious or fresh food in the house
  • Decayed food in the refrigerator
  • Burnt pots and pans
  • Confusion, sadness, anxiety, no interest in friends and former pastimes.
  • Evidence of falling prey to telephone scams or door-to-door fraud
  • Compensation for losses in sometimes clever by dangerous ways
  • Bruises on body

It’s always best to double-check on an elder in need of care.  Ask their Wisconsin neighbors and local friends if they’ve observed similar problems or have concerns, as they may see your elderly loved one in situations that they either no longer see them in, or noticing different behaviors.

Remember, that it’s estimated that over ten million older people require some sort of assistance to carry out their everyday activities.  Family members provide 80 to 90 percent of that help.  75% of these family members are women, mostly daughters.  Sons (and daughters-in-law) who provide care are often only children or the ones who live closest to the elderly person.  In many cases, spouses are the first primary caregivers.  Many eventually relinquish that role to their adult daughters and sons when increasing demands overwhelm their capacities, or affect their own health.

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