Concerned about an older relative or neighbor? Sometimes you just aren't sure if you are over-reacting...or not recognizing a potentially serious problem.
Use the following checklist to help you categorize the types of concerns you are having. When you call Jewish Family Service of the Cincinnati area, keep the checklist handy to describe the situation your older relative or neighbor is experiencing.
Have you noticed less interest in activities they once enjoyed?
Have they experienced a recent death (spouse, friend, pet)?
Are they anxious perhaps over issues related to their finances or health?
Is their home not as clean and safe as in the past?
Is there clutter that has begun to accumulate?
Is there little or spoiled food in the refrigerator?
Does the car have unexplained dents or scratches?
Is there unopened mail?
Are there automatic payments coming out of their checking account that you do not recognize the source?
Does there appear to be frequent package deliveries?
Are they forgetting recent information or small details?
Is their clothing inappropriate to the season?
Have they gotten lost in a familiar place?
Do you suspect vision or hearing problems have worsened?
Are there a large number of different and/or expired medications from different doctors?
Has there been significant weight loss or gain recently?
Do they appear not to be brushing their hair or shaving as often as in the past?
Are they avoiding driving to new destinations or at night?
Have there been any recent falls?
Are they talking and having visits with friends less regularly?
Have they dropped out of a card group or other regular social gatherings?
Has their television viewing increased or decreased?
Has their interest in spiritual or religious matters suddenly declined or increased?
Do they talk about end of life issues?
Do they no longer volunteer when they once did?
Has their interest in their hobbies or favorite pursuits declined?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, call CareLinkTM 513-766-3307.