It’s not always easy to tell when your parent or another family member or loved one needs more help.
The following warning signs may indicate that it’s time for a talk about assisted living.
Signs that a parent or loved one might need assisted living
- The refrigerator is empty or filled with spoiled food or your parent is losing weight. These may be signs that he or she isn’t eating well because shopping or cooking is difficult.
- You notice frequent bruises, although your parent may try to cover them up. This may be a sign of falling, or mobility and balance problems.
- Your parent wears the same clothes over and over again or neglects personal hygiene. This can indicate that doing laundry and bathing is physically challenging.
- The house and yard isn’t as clean and tidy as it used to be.
- Your parent forgets things, including doctor’s appointments and when to take medication. This may be due to memory loss.
- Your parent seems depressed. Depression is common in seniors who are isolated and alone.
- You notice strange or inappropriate behavior. For example, your parent may dress inappropriately for the weather. This can be a sign that he or she is experiencing confusion.
Services at a typical assisted living facility
- Three meals a day served in a common dining area
- Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, going to the bathroom, and walking
- Housekeeping services
- Access to health and medical services
- Round-the-clock security
- Emergency call systems in each resident’s living space
- Exercise and wellness programs
- Medication management
- Laundry services
- Social and recreational activities
- Staff available to help with scheduled needs, as well as unexpected issues
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the decision of which assisted living facility may be best for you or your loved one – or even if assisted living is the best choice – you may want to seek the help and expertise of a Professional Care Manager. Visit www.ServingSeniors.net for more information on getting professional assistance from Certified Social Workers and Nursing Care Managers. Care Managers can help you navigate your options and assist you with making the best and most informed decisions!