While we may envision a Norman Rockwell-worthy Thanksgiving celebration, with the whole family relishing high quality time with each other and Grandma’s classic feast, the reality for some families also includes something unforeseen: a hospital emergency room visit. Believe it or not, studies indicate that emergency room visits for older adults increase an astounding 10% – 20% through the holidays.
Although identifying the precise reason regarding this increase is challenging, it seems logical that one component could be family members who haven’t spent time with an elderly relative during the months before the holiday season, visit and determine that the relative’s condition has deteriorated.
Dr. Tamara Kuittinen of Lenox Hill Hospital explains, “It’s an issue of out of sight, out of mind for many people. If you haven’t seen your mom in 6 months, you may not be fully aware of the aging process and her health in general.”
There are numerous proactive steps that families can take to avoid a holiday emergency:
A qualified in-home care agency, like Midnight Sun Home Care, is the ideal year-round approach to make sure your loved one stays healthy and well, and that any alterations in circumstances are resolved as soon as possible – making sure the holiday season stays as festive and pleasant as it should be. Just a few of the countless ways we provide care services in Anchorage and the surrounding areas:
Give us a call at (907) 531-7742 to request a complimentary in-home assessment for more information on ways that we can help increase safety and overall wellbeing for your senior loved one with in home care services in Anchorage and the surrounding areas. To learn more about the other areas in Alaska that we serve, please visit our Service Area page.