When to Seek Assisted Living for a Loved One?

One of the difficult questions most of us face in life is when it's time for an elderly parent or family member to move into an assisted living setting. As our parents age, we should seek for indications that show they are no longer capable to lead a fully independent life. There is nothing to worry as long as an elderly is able to drive themselves, do all the activities of daily living (ADL) independently, manage their finances, and appear active and mentally sharp as before. Anyhow, we must be able to identify the possible warning signs that indicate our loved one needs extra care and support.

Though none of us like to send our loved ones to senior care facilities such as assisted living, there is no other choice when you are unable to take care of the elderly because of busy schedules. Home can be a risky place for an older adult because most of the houses have unsafe things such as stairways, slippery floor tiles, winding hallways, and tall shelving. Even a simple fall may result in broken bones or other disabling injuries as the brittle bones of older adults are vulnerable to severe injuries. We should not forget the fact that home accidents are an important source of many severe and fatal injuries. We will explain some signs that may be indicating it's time for you to put your elderly parent in an assisted living or similar facility.

Important signs showing it's time to shift an elderly to an assisted living setting

Following are some of the signs you may look for to know if your love one needs assisted living:

Mobility Issues: You can check if your elderly family member has mobility issues such as loss of movement, dyspraxia (developmental coordination disorder or motor learning difficulty), muscle stiffness (rigidity), muscle weakness, loss of balance, fatigue, and numbness of foot (losing sensation in the foot).

Memory problems: Does your elderly family member ask the same questions again and again? Does he forget even common words while speaking or mix words up? Does he take more time to finish familiar tasks? Or does he fail to place items in appropriate places? All these are indicating your loved one has memory problems. You can think about shifting him to an assisted living facility.

Sudden changes in behavior or mood: If an older adult is showing sudden variations in his behavior or mood, it means he needs additional care. Mood variations may happen due to loneliness or failure to take medications on time.

Noticeable weight loss or weight gain: Weight loss may occur if your loved one skips meals. Weight gain happens when older adults eat again and again as they forget they've eaten already.

Strange odor or changes in appearance: Body odor is caused by bacteria which interact with sweat. This often happens when elderly people fail to practice good hygiene including the routines that keep their body clean (such as tooth brushing and bathing).

All the above signs suggest that your loved one(s) need additional care and you can consider moving them to an assisted living arrangement.

Posted by Sitebox Admin on 8/8/2017
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