Moms spend their lives caring for others. As a child you depend on your mom for almost everything, from that bowl of soup when you’re sick to that shoulder to cry on when you’re upset. But as children grow older, so do moms—and eventually, Mom may be the one who needs caring for.
How will you know when Mom needs help? Here’s a simple first step: Pick up the phone and call her. Mother’s Day is a perfect excuse, and you can kill two birds with one stone—you can thank her for being such a great mom, and also gather some important information. Here are some good questions to ask to help you understand your mother’s state of overall health and well-being.
1. How are you eating these days? What are you having for dinner
2. How are you sleeping?
3. What did you do yesterday?
4. What do you have planned the rest of the week?
5. How are you feeling? (Ask specifically about any health problems you
know she’s dealing with.)
You can also talk with her friends, relatives, neighbors and the clinic she visits regularly. If people close to her are worried for her well-being, if she forgets what she did yesterday or doesn’t seem to be eating properly, those are red flags that signal she may need caregiving.
Becoming a caregiver is no small undertaking. In fact, it can be overwhelming at times, and you may need help. When it comes time to give care to an older parent, UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions’ Solutions for Caregivers can provide you with helpful information and resources. Care advocates can make an assessment, provide a summary of findings and recommend a care plan.
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