Senior Safety & Well-Being Checklist Helps Children
Assess Needs During Holiday Visit
Survey finds 43% of adult children plan discussions
with parents during holiday system on issues of well-being
Dec. 10, 2013 – As families gather during this
holiday season, major topics of discussion by 43 percent of adult
children who will visit their parents or in-laws will include issues
such as health, finances, housing, mobility and memory loss, according
to research commissioned by A Place for Mom, which has created a helpful
"Senior Safety & Well-Being Checklist."
The survey, by Harris Interactive polled 2,033 U.S.
adults ages 18 and older and was commissioned by
A Place for Mom,
Inc. (APFM), the nation's largest senior living referral
service, after observing a noticeable uptick in senior housing inquiries
immediately following the holidays, lasting well into the new year.
"While the holidays are primarily a time for
celebration, we find that when families reunite – many of whom are
spread throughout the country – changes in mom and dad become evident
and issues related to their health and aging become the forefront of
conversation," said Jennifer Mellet, Senior Vice President of Senior
Living Advising for A Place for Mom.
"This often leads to inquiries about senior care
options soon after the holidays. We find it is a complex time for
families, so we take steps to ensure that our Advisors are equipped to
counsel families through the logistical and emotional components of the
senior living search process."
When asked what specific topics they plan to
address with parents, 26 percent of those who plan to visit them for the
holidays cited medical/health, 19 percent cited finances, 12 percent
cited housing, 10 percent cited mobility and 5 percent cited memory
loss. When applied to their in-laws, 18 percent plan to address health,
10 percent finances, 9 percent housing, 5 percent mobility and 3 percent
Assessing Health and Safety
In anticipation of holiday visits, A Place for Mom
encourages families to utilize their time together to take stock of an
aging relative's situation and start planning for their long term care.
To help families, the company has developed the "Senior
Safety & Well-Being Checklist," which includes 56 questions
across a wide variety of categories and is available on the
APFM Senior Living
According to Jennifer Mellet, there are several
tell-tale signs to look for when home for the holidays:
Food, nutrition and kitchen safety. Has your
loved one recently lost a lot of weight? Is there enough food at home?
Check to make sure it is not expired or spoiled.
Communication and cognitive function. Is
your loved one showing any signs of short term memory loss beyond what
would be considered normal? Does your loved one recognize family and
Medications and health status. Are
medications being taken properly? Has your loved one been to the doctor
in the last year? Are special medical issues being monitored and managed
Mobility. Does your loved one get around as
well as when you saw him or her last? Are there signs of a recent fall,
such as bruising?
House and Home. Is the house reasonably
clean and tidy? Are your loved ones' pets doing well and being
sufficiently cared for?
Bathroom Safety. Is your loved one able to
transfer into the bathroom or shower safely? Does the bath or shower
have a non-slip mat or strips?
Security. Is your loved one mindful of
alarms and able to exit in an emergency? Is your loved one aware of scam
threats and know not to disclose personal information on the phone or to
About A Place for Mom
A Place for Mom, Inc. (APFM) is the nation's largest
referral service providing resources and personalized
assistance in finding senior living services. Using its nationwide
network of more than 18,000 providers, APFM helps families find options
based on a loved one's stated needs, preferences and budget. This may
housing, home care,
communities and specialized
care. The service is offered at no charge to families as
providers pay a fee to APFM. For more information, visit
call 1-877-311-6099 or visit one of APFM's social networks at
Senior Living Blog
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of A Place For Mom from November 22-26 2013 among
2,033 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a
probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling
error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including
weighting variables, please contact
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