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The Broken Headlight on the Mercury


Posted on March 3, 2014 by Jamie Floyd


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Before learning how to help, you need to know when to help. A warning sign can be as subtle as a slight change in a pattern of behavior. If your dad has never been neat and tidy, for instance, then a messy house isn’t anything new.

However, there are changes you may not even notice until you look more closely:

Environmental changes or red flags, such as:

  • Overgrown lawn or landscaping
  • Car has new dings or scratches or signs of fender benders
  • Unread newspapers
  • Mail is piling up or left unattended
  • Melted pans, pots, dishes or signs of burned food

Changes in your loved one, for instance:

  • Still in pj’s or night clothes late in the day
  • Wearing the same clothes repeatedly
  • Changes in, or lack of, personal hygiene or grooming
  • Falls
  • Unexplained injuries like cuts and bruises, broken eye glasses
  • Forgets to pay bills or misses appointments
  • Takes medication incorrectly or misses doses

When you see one warning sign or red flag, immediately be on the lookout for more. Seek out education on what can be done to help your parent remain independent in the safest environment possible.

And don’t be afraid to address anything you see with your family member.


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