How Do You Find The Right Care For Your Elderly Parents?
Though elderly people don’t want to leave their home and move to a senior care setting, you must consider moving them when their home becomes an unsafe place for them to live. Here are some signs indicating your parents may be unsafe at home:
Missed medication and doctor appointments
As missing doctor appointments and medication could have severe consequences, you must consider moving your elderly parents to a senior care setting such as assisted living.
If your aging parent is not maintaining their dressing, grooming, and hygiene, you may think about moving them into assisted living.
If your loved one is forgetting things at stores, it indicates that he or she is suffering from memory loss. Forgetting something and not remembering it even when someone reminds them indicates malignant memory loss which must be considered serious.
If your senior family member is unable to recall common words and the names of close friends and relatives, in can be a sign of dementia or any other cognitive impairment. Home may no longer be a safe place for them.
Failing to identify familiar places, wandering in known areas etc. could be initial signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. If your parents show such symptoms, better move them to a suitable assisted living community.
If you notice unexplained expenditure, it may be a sign indicating an inability to exercise sound judgment. It means your parents need additional care.
Psychotic ideation (making fictitious statements such as “I saw someone in the bedroom last night”) can be a sign of dementia.
Unopened mails and unpaid bills
Unpaid bills, unopened mails, neglected household responsibilities etc. indicate your parents need more care. You can consider moving them to a good assisted living community.
If a senior is attacking others, it shows the inability to control their feelings.
Weight loss or weight gain
Sudden weight loss or weight gain indicates improper nutrition. Pay attention to signs such as unwillingness to cook, loss of appetite etc.
Injuries or bruises indicate that your loved one is falling frequently and home is no longer safe for them.
Senior Care Options – Independent Living, Assisted Living and Nursing Home
Based on the level of care your parents need, you can move them into independent living, assisted living or nursing home.
Independent living is for healthy, active and independent seniors who want to skip household responsibilities such as daily shopping, cooking, mowing, washing clothes etc. and socialize with peers.
Assisted living is for fairly independent seniors who need assistance with certain activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, bathing, dressing, and toileting. The residents typically live in a studio or a one-bedroom apartment. Assisted living offers plenty of interesting events and activities in order to keep the residents engaged.
Nursing homes residents are often bedridden and need skilled nursing medical attention on a daily basis. Typically, nursing home residents live in a single or semi-private room.