Nobody wants to move out of their house into assisted living. However, in some instances, it’s the best choice to keep aging or elderly parents healthy and safe.
To decide if it is time for assisted living, or if your older parent may safely stay at home, have a close look at the current housing situation, health status and health care needs.
Signs that may indicate it is time for assisted living:
Is the parent telling you that he’s eating, but you are seeing food go bad in the fridge?
Is the parent falling? To ascertain the response, is your parent covering up bruises he or she does not want you to see?
To know the answer, is your parent covering up bruises he or she does not want you to see?
Is the parent wearing the same clothes when you go to go to? Can they bathe themselves, groom satisfactorily and launder garments?
Can they bathe themselves, groom satisfactorily and launder garments?
When you look around the house or yard, can it be as clean and neat as it was?
Can they remember to turn off appliances when they’re finished cooking?
Is your home equipped with security features such as grab bars and emergency response systems?
Do they have a strategy in place to get help in the event of an emergency?
Should they be driving?
Do they have an alternative way of transportation?
Are there heaps of newspapers and unpaid bills lying around?
Do they have friends, or are they isolated from the others the majority of the time?
Once you actually look at your parent, do you find the bright and lively person from years ago, or do you find a more restricted person who wants some help one hour each day, or perhaps around the clock?
Making the choice to move a parent into assisted living is among the toughest and most heart-wrenching decisions of your lifetime. However, if it keeps your parent healthful and secure and maybe even happy, then it’s possible for the best for the parent, the caregiver and the family.