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Transitioning a loved one or parent to senior care, or assisted living is not an easy decision. You may have heard them voice their wishes earlier, and yet the time may have come where you are faced with making some of the important choices on their behalf. There are many quality care options, and adult children and families should be looking ahead at local communities, before a crisis occurs and decisions need to be made quickly.

These are some things to consider when you are making choices around moving a loved one into senior care:

Safety. If your loved one is no longer able to be safe in their own home due to illness or mobility, then it may be time to start considering a different housing option. If in-home care or visits from family members is not enough to keep them safe, then senior care should be considered.

Health. If a diagnosis of a degenerative disease has been made, then it is time to look at alternative housing options. It helps to involve your loved one in discussions when they are in the early stages of their disease, and they can express their choices and wishes.

Capacity. Take a look at your family dynamic and capacity to care for your loved one. If you are unable to provide the care and support that they need, then senior care may be a viable option.

Need. Is your loved one increasingly isolated? If they are spending the majority of their time alone and without social interaction, they may have a need to be in a more nurturing environment. As seniors age, and lose friends, spouses and mobility, they become increasingly isolated. This may be another indication that senior care could be a valid option.

If you are questioning whether your loved one or family member is ready for senior care, contact the Hamlets at Penticton for more information.