Top 7 indications that your loved one requires assisted living.
Knowing that your parents are alive and doing well in their latter years is terrific. However, if they cannot care for themselves or have been diagnosed with dementia, you will need to step in. In situations like these, many families will consider placing their elderly parents in an assisted living facility if they are unable to manage the responsibilities of providing care for themselves or living alone. Being there for a loved one when they are sick or injured might be difficult, but it is not impossible. You can accomplish this if you have the necessary knowledge. While caring for someone else, it is essential not to forget to care for yourself and your business. I am here to help you through this process; please get in touch with me to set up a planning session to discuss how to maintain order in your personal life and your professional endeavors.
Why might one consider living in assisted living?
Many of us may find it difficult to feel at ease when sending or moving our parents into an assisted living facility. So many questions may continue to torment us day after day. Because of this, you can start to feel guilty, and as a result, you might decide to drop the idea of moving into an assisted living facility. However, relocating a loved one to an assisted living facility might not be a terrible plan or choice, despite how egotistical this may sound. If you are not yet prepared to think about this, the following resources will assist you in providing immediate care for a loved one.
Seven warning signals that point to the necessity for assisted living
It is possible that it will not always be simple for you to comprehend that a loved one of yours requires admission to a facility where they are provided with medical care and support around the clock. How can you determine whether or not it is the right moment for a loved one to move into an assisted living facility? The following indicators can help you in concluding this matter:
Caring for others becomes unworkable.
Caring for a loved one is becoming more challenging by the day. This could be due to two factors: you are becoming exhausted and unable to manage things independently, or your loved one needs more care than before. This could be because of their disease and declining physical capacities.
Medical treatment is becoming more common.
People we care about can get sick or weaker. About 80% of seniors will get a long-term illness during their lives. Also, 68% would have two or more long-term health problems. These numbers show that their care is at risk. Any mistake on our part would make things more complicated than needed when we find out that our loved ones are getting sick and need better medical care. You have to realize that they would get better care if they lived in a place for people who need help. So, your loved ones would be eligible for assisted living if any of the following are true:
They are unable to correctly and on time take their meds.
They are recuperating from a severe illness or accident.
Their medical condition is deteriorating, requiring medical care and attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The number of accidents is increasing.
As a person ages, their physical skills and sense of balance worsen. As their sense of balance deteriorates, they are more likely to trip and fall, which may not be noticed for a long time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that one out of every five falls by seniors can cause a head injury or damage.
Falls and accidents are hard to handle without aid if your loved one stays home. When this happens, moving them to a place with 24/7 care is best. Thus, they would receive immediate treatment for any injuries or accidents.
They require assistance with their regular tasks.
Many elders can handle
their everyday activities on their own. At the same time, many elders cannot fulfill their regular life activities. You may see that your loved ones are not appropriately dressed or their hygiene is not properly cared for. All of this indicates that your parents cannot adequately care for themselves. They require assistance. If you do not receive adequate support from other sources, consider transferring them to an assisted living facility.
This is likely one of the worst circumstances since it might lead to a catastrophic accident and immobility. Assume you observe that your loved one’s driving is deteriorating and that there are more dents and scrapes on the car. It suggests that you place them in an assisted living facility. Forcing them into an assisted living facility would not reduce their independence. Most institutions offer transportation for your loved ones who want to go out.
Having difficulty making nutritious meals
Growing older necessitates good nutrition, and a lack of it might cause concern for your aging loved one. For example, if you observe your parents struggling to prepare appropriate meals for themselves, this can lead to malnutrition and illness in your loved ones. Then it would be best if you recognized that they require assistance and that leaving them at home alone is no longer a viable option. Moving them to an assisted living facility will ensure they receive help with their everyday routines. Also, they must eat nutritious meals on time so that their nutritional profile is not jeopardized.
With age, cognitive decline virtually becomes a common concern. Forgetfulness and memory loss are all symptoms of cognitive impairment, which may cause your loved one to get angry or aggressive over little problems. Such erratic mood swings might cause your loved ones to inadvertently damage themselves, which can be hazardous to caretakers and loved ones. Furthermore, you are not always equipped to deal with such mood fluctuations and might be unable to protect your loved ones. In such cases, relocating your loved one to an assisted living facility is always the wisest option. Living facility staff can handle violent moods and behaviors and keep them safe.
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The seven signs mentioned above can help you understand whether your loved ones need to go to an assisted living facility. In case you observe any of the above signs in your parents. If you are still confused and cannot decide, you can contact me here to help you. Overseeing this can cause stress because you can not be in 2 places simultaneously: taking care of your business and your loved one. So, look into hiring some help or consider an assisted living facility. This will allow you to get some rest and ensure your loved one is properly cared for. Or maybe you want to spend more time with your loved one while taking a break from redundant business tasks like sending emails, returning calls, or organizing files. So, let’s chat about how I can serve you so you can take care of your business and your loved ones.