Every other year the Collaborative completes an unmet needs survey and we need your help to spread the word.
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Can you help your local seniors in the North Orange county area? Please take a moment to complete this survey online right now – share this link with everyone in our community. http://bit.ly/unmetneeds – Please help a local senior answer the questions as well or print then out this attachment for your church or neighbors or work friends –
Our goal is to get 5,000 surveys done –
please share this link if you live in Central or North Orange county!
Thanks so much !
We need all surveys completed and turned into St Jude Community Services -130 Bastanchury Rd., Fullerton, Ca no later than November 19th.
If you drop off a group of surveys and leave your email address we will send you
Print out copies from here.
As an eldercare advisor, I speak with concerned family members everyday. From my experiences with these families, there are warning signs that I listen for that I ask the families to address immediately:
Med Mismanagement: If you have suspicion of medication mismanagement, please take it seriously. Medication mismanagement can result in confusion, depression, dehydration, and falls that can lead to hospitalization. It is easy to become confused with the amount and frequency of the medication which leads to forgetting dosages or doubling up on them.
Isolation/Withdrawing: If your loved one is starting to isolate themselves or withdraw from doing things that they love, it is important to notice and address this. There could be a variety of reasons for this from beginning dementia to depression to fear. One family couldn’t understand why mom no longer wanted to go to her monthly luncheon with her friends and realized eventually that mom could no longer bathe safely and was concerned that her hygiene would be noticed. Her pride did not allow her to address this with family.
Eating/Meal Concerns: Does your loved one only eat high sugar content foods? Do you visit and find the same food in the refrigerator as the week before? Lack of proper nutrition can lead to confusion, diabetes concerns, lower immunity and dehydration.
Forgetfulness: There can be many causes of forgetfulness or short term memory loss. Seeing a doctor should be done to rule out any issues related to dementia or medication related concerns.
As a child or spouse of someone with these issues, it can be very difficult to address these concerns with your loved one. But I deal with so many people who are in the hospital or are in crisis that saw many warning signs and didn’t want to address them at the time.
Ask your family doctor if you are concerned. Hire home care or explore assisted living. Educate yourself about what is available to assist your family in your area. No one can tell you what is best for your family….you will collectively decide that. But arming yourself with the information needed to make that decision is critical. You will feel much better about any decision that you make if you feel that you have explored the options available.
Please come join us at one of our upcoming Senior Care 101 classes (July 27th) or download our Resource Guide and help the North Orange County Collaborative for Seniors help spread the word.
Cheryl Foster, M.A.