Is Your Loved One Cutting Back on the Necessities? 10 Questions to Ask

July 2, 2012

Fairfax family caregivers should be aware of the warning signs that their senior’s lifestyle couldsenior care living options be suffering from cutting too many corners in everyday expenses.

Families can play an important role in monitoring seniors who have decided to scale back because of the economy. Even seemingly innocent decisions, like cutting back a little on groceries or air conditioning, can have a damaging impact on health and safety. Cuts of essential items such as food and medication should be of immediate concern to seniors’ families.

Particularly, families should be aware of subtle lifestyle changes in their seniors that could lead to safety and health concerns or social isolation.

Family caregivers can evaluate their senior’s lifestyle by asking themselves these questions:

  1. Is your senior’s home too warm in the summer and too cold in the winter?
  2. Is the lawn being mowed or the sidewalk cleared in snowy weather?
  3. Is your loved one complaining about not being able to afford medications?
  4. Are basic home repairs being ignored?
  5. Is there a shortage of food in the house?
  6. Is your senior skipping doctor’s appointments?
  7. Is your older adult staying home more and becoming isolated?
  8. Is your senior cutting out entertainment?
  9. Does your loved one eat out less?
  10. Did your senior cancel a vacation?

Sometimes, speaking with our loved ones about sensitive topics can be difficult. If you need help in approaching these important talking points, visit for helpful tips on maintaining a positive conversation.

If you have tips and suggestions on helping Fairfax seniors and their families on cutting corners while maintaining their lifestyles, please share your ideas with us below or on our Caregiver Forum.

Jason Sager, Owner Home Instead Senior Care Fairfax, Virginia

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior who could benefit from our vast array of home care services in the Fairfax area , please call us at 703.750.6644, or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff of trained and certified home care personnel covering the Fairfax County, Virginia area.

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