Next Steps…

  • Make a doctor's appointment for a thorough exam. There may be a treatable medical condition that can explain the decrease in self-care abilities.
  • If a disease or illness is identified, ask the doctor for information and community resources that can help you become more familiar with your older relatives' condition.
  • Involve your family in examining possible solutions. Work together to develop a plan that involves not only your family but also utilizes community resources.
  • Be sure to make use of your community resources. They're there for you!

Recognizing and responding to these warning signs will ease the caregiving by linking you to the appropriate medical and community services early.