We all want to remain as independent as possible—for as long as possible.

If you or someone you know is becoming increasingly frail or forgetful, what can you do?

When missteps in judgment, self-care, or safety are readily apparent, there’s rarely disagreement among family members and physicians that independence is slipping. The trickier, and more common, problem occurs when slips are subtle and escape the notice of casual observers.

There are three questions to ask when certain situations prevent someone from living alone.

1 Is the person losing the ability to perform normal daily activities: bathing, eating, toileting, grooming, dressing, moving Around
2Have there been errors in judgment that place the person in harm’s way or put others as risk?
3Can the person safely take her/his own medication or other medical treatment?

When someone depends on you, you can depend on us.