What to ask older loved ones about their wellbeing

If you have older loved ones living alone or parents living independently, current restrictions may be both worrying and heartbreaking. How do you know whether they’re coping? Has their health or level of function deteriorated? Do they need more support in daily living? It can be hard to tell from a phone call or FaceTime.

To help you to determine your older loved ones’ needs, the occupational therapists from our community division, which covers My Aged Care services, have put together this tip sheet.

What to ask older loved ones:

1. Have you been having any difficulties with getting around your home? Walking up/down steps?

2. Do you need support when getting up/down from chairs/toilet? Getting in/out of bed? Are you able to roll over in bed? Are you able to sit up in bed? Can you safely step into the shower?

3. Are you finding it increasingly difficult to get dressed or to reach down to put on shoes and socks?

4. Are you experiencing pain or fatigue when completing household tasks?

5. Are you having difficulty remembering to do important things? Do you have difficulty concentrating on tasks?

6. Is there any part of your daily routine you would like to make easier?

If you are concerned about a loved one’s level of functioning or safety at home, our knowledgeable team and occupational therapists can advise you on how to access appropriate care and support. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you! #keepsoaring

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