HOW TO KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME FOR ASSISTED LIVING?
To put a senior family member in an assisted living facility is not an easy decision to make. Even though you don’t want to move your loved one from your home, it could be the right decision for his/her long-term care. The future of your parent is definitely more important than sentiments and feelings. Therefore, it is always better to move your loved one to an assisted living facility when your home no longer remains a safe place for them.
But how can you know if it’s the right time to shift a senior to an assisted living center? Though each situation is different, these are some clear signs indicating your elderly parent needs additional help:
Difficulty to complete even the most basic tasks
Effects of aging often makes elderly people incapable to perform basic tasks such as preparing meals, doing laundry, paying bills, cleaning rooms etc. Does your senior family member is struggling to finish his/her everyday tasks? Then you can consider moving him/her to an assisted living center.
Forgetting to take daily medication
Some degree of memory loss and decline in other thinking skills are a normal part of aging. However, forgetting to take daily medication could have severe and far-reaching effects. Symptoms such as forgetfulness, decreased problem solving capacity, inability to maintain focus etc. indicate that the elderly is suffering from some degree of decline in cognitive capacity. If unchecked, these symptoms may progress into serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
If you think your elderly parent is unable to remember whether or not he/she has taken regular pills or supplements, it is better to move him/her to an assisted living community.
Millions of elderly people take treatment every year for injuries linked to falls. If you notice your parent covering up bruises he/she does not want you to see, it indicates that he/she is falling. Then you can determine that it’s time for you to consider assisted living for your parent.
Cutting back on friendships and social relationships
If your parent is withdrawing from social relationships and friendships, it may be indicating that he/she is suffering from depression or a neuropsychiatric illness. If that is the case, living in a place with like-minded people of his/her age may do wonders for your loved one’s mental health.
Go out with your parent and see how he is driving. See whether the elderly fastens the seatbelt promptly. Also look for signs such as tension, distraction and slow or aggressive driving. If you notice such signs, it is better to relocate your loved one to an assisted living facility in order to avoid accidents that could bring harm to the elderly or someone else.
Changes in appearance
If your elderly parent is appearing frailer, it is a matter of great concern. Is he struggling to rise from the chair? Did you notice abnormalities such as unsteadiness or loss of balance? Is there any other change such as instant weight gain or weight loss? Does his hair remain unwashed? Is his beard going unkempt? All these signs indicate your parent needs more care.