During a recent visit back home, my siblings and I took 96-year-old mom to Panera’s for lunch.
Mom always orders a chicken salad sandwich and a cinnamon roll. (LOL regarding the
After about 15 minutes she asked if anyone would like some of her sandwich. We all said
Well, after the fifth time someone says, “Stop asking! No one wants any of your food!”
My mom gave a surprised look that also let us know she was confused by the insinuation
that she asked previously.
Then, for some reason it hit me…she wasn’t hungry anymore and was fixated on the food
being wasted that was sitting on her plate.
I got up and retrieved a to-go box.
When I returned, I asked if she was done eating and if she wanted to take the rest home. After packaging the leftovers, I moved her plate off the table so she would not see it and revert back to the leftover food fixation.
“I love you,” she said as I sat down. “I love you too, mom.”
Whether you are just thinking about taking care of your senior or you are already starting to worry about them, or you are in the middle of a crisis, you have got to know the SIX PRINCIPLES OF SENIOR CARE in order to be ready for what is coming your way.
When I heard this story, I knew exactly what the problem was. Sixteen years of working with caregivers and their seniors gave me the insight I now pass on to you.
Know what senior care looks like and recognize it in all different situations, how to handle it, and be well on your way to confidence.