The Right Time to Move to Assisted Living
We are all living longer. Many seniors enjoy their later years living in their own homes. However, Assisted Living may be something that you should discuss with your family, if and when it becomes necessary.
Your number one concern, of course, is whether any senior living alone is safe and well. What do you do when you see evidence of accidents, or an inability to cope, and you’re not there full-time to assist with your parent’s care?
You may already be considering assisted living for a senior living on his or her own and here are some things to look out for when considering such a move:
Accidents or Falls
If your parent has trouble getting around on their own at home, you may want to take a closer look. Have they had falls lately or been in any traffic accidents with their car?
- Chronic Health Conditions
Are there signs that diabetes is worsening, could increasing breathlessness be a sign of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, (COPD) or is there evidence of the onset of dementia? No one with a worsening chronic health condition can be expected to deal with it alone.
Can your parent still get themselves up and about without assistance? Often it’s routine things like dressing or making meals that highlight the need for care.
While weight loss may be due to not eating well, it can also be an early sign of disease and is not to be overlooked.
Appearing Older and More Frail
When a parent living alone suddenly seems more frail than usual, it can be a sign that their life is changing and you may feel that now is the time to make the move to assisted living.
If you’re thinking about the benefits of assisted living, then it’s probably time for you and your parent or parents to talk about it. It’s an important conversation and a step that you must take together. Remember that conversations go both ways. Listen to your loved ones’ needs, be supportive and let them know that you are with them all the way.
Look for a reputable care community in Penticton that will take care of their every need and help you make an informed decision together.