Questions You Should Ask Your Aging Loved One

By January 9, 2015Aging in Place

It’s no secret that as we age life becomes a little more difficult. You lose a step here or there as the years pass. That’s the nature of life and you shouldn’t be shameful about it. Everyone goes through the aging process. Unfortunately, some older adults don’t want to admit they need help. They don’t want to feel like a burden on loved ones or a caregiver, so they pretend everything is fine. It’s your duty as the caregiver to see through that facade. Nine times out of 10 the senior is fine. However, it’s important to always prepare for that 10th time.

Here is a list of topics to cover and questions to ask when checking up on your loved one.

Their Health
The last thing you want is for an aging loved one to have health problems and say nothing about it. The health issue might be small, yet still needs attention. That’s why it’s important to ask the following questions:

  1. When was the last time you saw your doctor?
  2. Are you taking your medications?
  3. Are your prescriptions current?
  4. Do you remember to take them regularly?

If your senior loved one responds “no” to any of the last three questions, it might be best to take some action. Consider setting up a doctor’s appointment for them, buy a pill container that helps them remember what medicine should be taken when, or help them get to the pharmacy to refill their prescription. A senior loved one might be reluctant to accept help at first, but in the end they’ll be greatly appreciative for the help in the end.

Their Activity
Perhaps a senior loved one just needs to get up and move a bit in order to maintain proper health. If you can be proactive about their activity from day-to-day, questions about their health won’t be needed. Here are a few questions to ask about their activity:

  1. Do you have trouble with your mobility?
  2. Do you go for walks?
  3. Are you experiencing joint pain?
  4. Can you get around the house okay?

Sometimes a little bit of movement is the best medicine for stiff joints. However, if a senior loved one is having trouble with their mobility and it’s affecting their daily lives’ it’s best to move into the next category of questions.

Their House
A person’s home is very important to their overall health. A home can be overbearing. At times, it can require too much upkeep. If that’s the case, it might be time for your senior loved one to move to a smaller home or enlist the help of a professional caregiver. Here are some questions you should ask about their home:

  1. Is your house too big?
  2. Can you get up and down the stairs?
  3. Are there modifications we can make to accommodate you better?
  4. Are there any safety hazards?

You don’t want your senior loved one feeling trapped in their own home. A couple simple modifications may be all that you need to make life better for them. However, it could be something bigger like moving to a smaller home or bringing in professional help. It’s a difficult decision to make whatever you decide to do, but ultimately you want what’s best for them.

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