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Holmes for the Holiday /
Holmes for the Holiday
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If your loved one lives in
a rural area:
Although a psychological challenge for many
urban caregivers, isolation is also a physical
challenge for many rural caregivers since they
possibly live far from others.
Check to see if they are becoming too isolated;
how often do they see friends, go to church, go
to doctor visits, etc.
Are there any transportation services available
Homes that were perfect for raising children now
can become hazardous for seniors to get around.
Find out about local services for home
modification to ensure that their home can
become as safe as possible.
Be sure your loved one understands that your
goal is the same as theirs—to make the home as
safe as can be, so they can live there as long
The work it takes to maintain a farm can become
too dangerous for seniors.
Spend time with your senior loved one as they do
their chores, to assess for difficulties and
Before you visit:
local service organizations serve your loved
one’s community and reach out to these
It may be the holidays, but your
caregiving detective work has just begun.