AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) —The holiday season will be full of reuniting for some, and for those who have senior-aged parents, there are some things you need to be on the lookout for when you go to their home.

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Ask parent’s wishes before a health crisis

·         Tell them you need to know to honor their wishes

§  Stay in home with healthcare?

§  Go to assisted living?

·         Legal documents in place

Observe Living Conditions

·         Tidiness of home

·         Disheveled appearance

·         Clear pathways

·         Countertop clutter, spills not cleaned up

·         Lighting, dark = daylight bulbs

Note Safety Issues

·         Open refrigerator and panty

§  Expired, rotten food

·         Open bathroom cupboards

§  Expired medications

§  Different name

·         Getting mail

·         Damage to vehicle


·         Paper/magazine piles on floor

·         Burnt out lightbulbs

·         Tattered electrical cords

·         Cords across pathways

·         Old space heater

·         Home repairs needed inside and outside