Use these strategies
Assessing your parents doesn’t require any complicated tools or specialize knowledge you can easily remember these assessment strategies by thinking AEYO you:
A is for “ask questions.” Talk to your parents. You will learn important information from both the answer itself and the way in which your parents answer. These questions also give your parents an opportunity to reduce anxiety by sharing his or her worries and problems.
E is for “in list neighbors/others.” Give your telephone number to trusted individuals and ask them to call when they see anything that were used them about your parents. Your list of helpful third parties will include neighbors and friends, as well as professionals who work with your parents, such as her physician, financial advisor, minister a rabbi, social worker, or home healthcare aid.
I is for “inspect the home.“ Look around your parents home with a critical eye and note any changes. Look specifically for lost or misplaced items, out of place or unused personal care items and any new hazards that could cause harm.
O it’s for “observe mom and dad.” When you spend time with mom or dad, pay attention to how your parent is talking, walking, and behaving. Ride as a passenger in your moms car. Pay the bills with your dad.
U is for “you,“ of course! You are crucial to the assessment process. No one knows your parents better than you! Think of yourself as a detective who is collecting clues and interviewing people.
Watch out for events that can trigger sudden changes
Certain events can trigger rapid changes in mom or dad. If either parent has recently experienced one of these events, a needs assessment is recommended. If you have assessed your parents in the past, then conduct a new assessment and compare the results.
Possible triggers include:
New medical problems or declining healtH
Change of residence resulting in a loss of contact with friends and or family
Time spent in the ICU or a hospital, particularly after an operation, anesthesia, or a new medications.
Released from the hospital followed by a moved to a rehabilitation, assisted living, or skilled nursing facility instead of returning to their home
Declining health of a spouse
Death of a spouse or a close friend
Death of a pet
Isolation, disconnection or loneliness Article source: Michael Sentz