As our parents get older, they may require a little more help. Some signs are more obvious than others. If your mother can no longer walk on her own, or your father’s doctor has been recommending an assisted living facility for a while, it is clear they need assistance.
However, not all signs are so clear cut. Most adults experience a very gradual physical and cognitive decline, and that can go unnoticed. Therefore, it is crucial to understand what to look out for.
What are the signs assisted living is needed?
Common signs that your parent could benefit from living in a facility include:
- needing reminders to take medication, eat, or drink
- noticeable weight loss or gain
- difficulty moving or an increase in falls
- neglect of household maintenance
- inability to perform daily tasks (grooming, preparing meals, etc.)
- increased time in isolation (perhaps following the death of their spouse)
- less interest in beloved hobbies
For dementia patients…
Your parent might require memory-focused living if they display any of the following signs.
- increased aggressive behaviors
- disorientation (becomes lost easily)
- repetition of stories and questions
- speech problems
- difficulty planning, concentrating, or organizing
Why an assisted living facility?
Once you realize that your parent needs extra help, your first instinct may be to take care of them yourself. However, juggling family, a job, and a social life does not leave much for giving care and attention to your parent. Conversely, it can be difficult trusting strangers with your parent’s care. To feel more comfortable, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of what assisted living facilities offer.
Assisted living provides long-term housing and care for seniors. Those who call an assisted living facility their home can expect “personalized care, nutritious meals, a wide range of social activities to cater to a variety of interests, and a sense of community in a safe, residential setting.” For those and many more reasons, an assisted living facility could be the best thing for you and your parent.
Health Insurance Questions?
We hope this information on signs your parent needs assisted living is helpful.
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