Signs It May Be Time for Assisted Living
on April 24th, 2018 in Education | No Comments
Making the decision to move your parents into assisted living is not an easy one. You worry that you are offending your parents, and they worry about a change in lifestyle. What you need to know is that today’s assisted living communities aren’t like they used to be. Today’s communities offer seniors a way to maintain as much independence as possible, and they will still have a peace of mind knowing that help is just a phone call away.
If you are wondering when the time is right for assisted living, here are some signs to look for.
Although a discussion about moving into an assisted living community can be a hard conversation to have with your parents, you must remember that you are trying to do what is best for them and have their best interests in mind.
1. Recent Accidents
It can be harder to maintain our health and safety as we age. If your parent has had one or more accidents or close calls, it could be a sign that they need more assistance than you can provide. In addition to recent accidents, if your parents are reluctant to seek medical care or have a chronic condition that is worsening, assisted living may be their best and healthiest option.
2. Changes in Appearance
Our weight fluctuates, it’s just a simple fact of life. If your parents seems under or overweight or more frail and you can’t put your finger on a reason why, it’s time to have a talk. Your parent may be forgetting to eat or forgetting when they eat and then eating again. Other changes in appearance to look out for are a decrease of personal hygiene leading to an unkempt appearance, strange body odor or a general failure to maintain their appearance as they once did.
3. Social Connections
We all need friends and people who care about us. As we age and people we love begin to pass away, we may become depressed and lose our desire to socialize or even leave the house. If you notice this change in your parents, have a discussion about the way they are feeling and determine if an assisted living community may be helpful. Consider that your parents will be surrounded by people close to their age and encouraged to participate in activities.
4. Financial Issues
If your parents are having difficulty paying their bills or are receiving letters from creditors, they may need help. Sometimes people begin to have changes in their cognitive abilities that can lead them to forget to pay bills or even fall victim to fraud. If you notice changes in your parents’ financial status that just don’t seem right, ask to speak with them about what may be going on.
5. House Care
If your mother or father once kept a neat and tidy house and their house has fallen into a state of clutter and disrepair, it could indicate that they are unable to clean or have lost their desire for cleanliness. When a parent reaches this stage, they are putting themselves at risk for illness or injury.
Talking to your parents about an assisted living community in Atlanta doesn’t have to be difficult. If you show your honesty and sincerity, they will know that you only want the best for them and want them in your life as long as possible. When you approach the conversation with the right mindset, you may be surprised at just how smooth it can go. If you would like more information about what we offer at our community, please reach out to us today. We are happy to help.