Mom Lives Alone in Dallas: When Is Home Care Appropriate?

elderly couple talking on the phone

elderly couple talking on the phoneSince moving away from Dallas, you’ve made it an important priority to call Mom every Saturday afternoon, without exception. After talking about the week, she confirms that yes, she’s getting plenty of rest, eating well, taking her meds and is healthy.

However, seeing her in person over a long weekend vacation to Dallas paints a different picture. Her once hyper-organized kitchen is jumbled with junk mail and old magazines, with a sink full of slightly molding dishes. The refrigerator contains spoiled and expired food. And most disconcerting, there’s a burn mark on the countertop beside the stove.

For adult children who live a long way from their aging parents in Dallas, these indications that it is time for some extra care at home are often only apparent during in-person visits. Nora Jean Levine, executive director from Caring From a Distance, encourages adult children to, ‘Open your eyes. Try and really see what’s going on and not what you want to be going on.’ It’s important to check out both the senior’s home and the senior herself (for bruises that could indicate falls, signs of depression or forgetfulness, and other changes in the senior’s personality). And in between visits, enlist the help of a friendly neighbor or an Aging Life Care Professional to keep an eye on the senior.

Most importantly, the best way to ensure seniors are safe, secure, and thriving is to partner with a professional Dallas home care company, such as Heaven at Home Senior Care. Providing Dallas home care services such as transportation, medication reminders, assistance with meals and housekeeping, and friendly companionship can make a world of difference in both the life of a senior and the family who loves her.

Contact Heaven at Home Senior Care today at 866-381-0500 and learn more about what makes our Dallas area home care services better than other care options.