Your mom or dad may think a glass of wine or a bottle of beer every night is ‘ok.’ However, private home care services providers often that one glass or bottle can easily become two, three or more. If your parent is spending too much time alone each day, the desire to drink may even be more of an issue.
Private home care services experts agree that it is important to discuss alcohol usage, even the simple dinner drink, with your parent’s doctor. If your mother or father is taking prescription medication, alcohol usage of any kind may be excluded. However, your loved one may have turned to alcohol after a life changing event such as the loss of their spouse, a recovery from an illness, friends moving away, your busy schedule, or feeling captive in the home because they no longer drive.
Signs of a drinking or drug problem to look for:
- Drinking alone – never with friends or family.
- No interest in outside activities or feelings of depression.
- Drinking with medication even when advised not to.
- Slurred speech.
- Poor hygiene and personal maintenance.
- Poor sleeping habits.
- Angry most of the time.
Sadly, many seniors are misdiagnosed as the symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse resemble many other chronic illnesses, specifically if your parent has a tendency to be off-balance or forgetful. Initially, mom or dad may be diagnosed with dementia or a neurological disorder. Private home care services providers recommend being aware and assisting your parent with their health care so they can get the proper diagnosis.