Caregivers: Check the Fridge for Clues about Your Loved One's Health
Janet Beard, executive director of the not-for-profit Bethel Homes in upstate New York, says that when an elderly individual living at home begins to exhibit a certain pattern of behavior, that may be a sign it's time to consider a change in living arrangements.
Some basic checks include whether the person involved:
- Has an empty refrigerator, eats too little or eats the wrong food.
- Stays in nightclothes through the day, forget to turn lights on or off, absentmindedly leaves appliances on or appears apathetic and lonely.
- Neglects household chores, forgets to open mail and pay bills, is falling, tripping or breaking things.