Did you know that as many as 70% of Americans will need some form of assistance toward the end of their lives? There are many facilities that provide the lightest and simplest levels of care, allowing your loved one to maintain their independence, vitality, and dignity. Usually, these same facilities may offer assistance for aging in place, and more advanced nursing care is available for those who need it. But when is it time to move an elderly parent into one of these communities? Is it even necessary at all? Some of the signs may be difficult to recognize, so we’ve created a list to help.
Difficulty With Tasks
We all fall behind on tasks as we get older, it gets harder to keep up with the yard, the housekeeping, cooking, shopping and keeping the property maintained. A slight decrease in these activities isn’t what we’re worried about. What we are worried about is an inability to do any combination of these things. Many times as a family caregiver we can take over yard-work, maintenance, and even have groceries delivered weekly. If you’re doing this, though, and your loved one’s home is unhygienic and they aren’t eating well, then it might be time to consider a facility. Many facilities may even provide help with simple hygiene activities such as showering, dressing, and using the bathroom.
Fragility and Health
If there is a sudden and unexpected health scare that includes a broken bone or serious injury, then it may be time to consider a care facility or health/home care assistance of some kind. In today’s world there are more options than ever when it comes to elder care. Assisted living can help your loved one if they have issues getting up from a chair, navigating stairs, maneuvering around things, or if they have issues with balance. If your loved one has recently had issues with fragility or health, you’ll want to make sure they aren’t isolated or alone, this is where assisted living can help.
If your loved one has gotten lost on the way home, gotten in an accident because they had a lapse in attention, or seemed disoriented in a familiar place then it could be some of the first signs of dementia. When you first notice these symptoms, a doctor’s appointment is probably the first step. If you get a diagnosis, then an assisted living facility can provide help and ensure that your loved one doesn’t end up lost or isolated without help. An assisted living facility can also help provide transportation and monitoring.
Sometimes our loved ones simply outlive their friends, family members, and the majority of their support system and community. If you find that you are the sole provider of care for a loved one, and the only point of contact they have for the outside world, then it may be time to consider outside help. Respite care, nursing assistance, or even daytime activities can provide your loved one with something to be involved in so they don’t feel isolated or alone. Assisted living facilities can also provide your loved one with a built-in community. You may find that once your loved one builds new relationships and friendships, their health and mental well-being improves considerably.
If you’re interested in learning more about different resources and services to help a loved one who wishes to age at home, or needs additional one-on-one care at an assisted living community, contact us at Homewatch CareGivers of Sterling. Our goal is always to be here to ensure that your caregiving journey goes as smoothly as possible. Reach out to us today for a complimentary assessment.