How do I know when I can no longer keep my loved one safe at home?

Look closely at your loved one’s mental, physical, environmental and financial conditions.
 
Families can conduct assessments or hire an experienced professional. Some hospitals and clinics offer geriatric assessment centers or evaluation units where medical or social work teams look at all aspects of an older person’s health and life. Individual geriatric care managers, also called case managers, provide similar services. Check with your agency on aging for information about locating professionals who can help you.

Professional assessments can take a few hours to several days and vary depending on the level of care needed. All assessments should include a thorough review of your loved one’s physical and mental health, medication, daily routine, home and community safety, support system, appearance and hygiene, finances, and personal interests. See the AARP Caregiving Assessment List.

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