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It is not easy to watch a loved one become ill or start to lose their memory. It can be difficult to know when to intervene or even how to go about finding the help that person may need. It can be an extremely overwhelming time for you the caregiver, as well as your loved one, the care receiver. Here are some practical steps you can begin to take now to make that journey an easier one:

1. Notice the signs. While in the home of a loved one you may notice milk in the cupboard or that they have missed taking medications. There may be unpaid bills or the laundry has piled up. There are many signs that an elderly relative is no longer fully capable of taking care of himself or herself.

2. Get support. Family is the ideal support system, with everyone working together to lighten the load of care giving so that it’s not on just one person. Make sure everyone knows what they need to do and when they need to do it.

3. Small changes work best. Independence seems to be a buzzword when dealing with aging relatives. No one wants to lose his or her freedom. Try not to make huge, drastic changes all at once. Start by offering to clean the house once a week or help to pay the bills.

4. Paperwork helps! Getting durable power of attorney, HIPAA release forms and a living will before anything serious happens will ensure a much smoother road for you and your loved one. If you feel like a conversation won’t be too upsetting, talk to your loved one about the future and what their wishes are if anything should happen to them.

5. Professionals are here to help. There is an entire medical field dedicated to helping seniors through the last decades of their life. Doctors, nurses, counselors, and in-home companions are available and ready to help you and your family.

Whether a loved one needs full medical care or simply a companion to help grocery shop or pay the bills on time, Golden Care is ready to help your journey be a smooth one. Contact us today for a free assessment of your loved one’s situation. We can help find placement for them or ensure an in-home companion is available when they need one.

These statements are not from a medical doctor or professional. They are strictly the opinion of the company. Research for this article provided by money.usnews.com/5 steps to intervene when an elderly relative needs help

As always, consult your doctor for any questions or concerns.