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Signs That It May Be Time for Your Parent to Enter an Assisted Living Facility

How to decide if a parent needs an assisted living facility

For many children, it is not an easy thing to think about assisted care facilities for their parents. Watching someone age is not always easy, but when it comes to senior living it is important to separate your heart from your head. At the end of the day, while the transition may be difficult, your parent will be treated with dignity and respect at their new home.

But how do you know that your parent is ready to enter an assisted care home or senior care facility? Here are some warning signs to pay attention to.

    • A recent close call
      • Have you had to deal with a recent close call when it comes to your parent? Perhaps they fell, got into a car accident, or had a medical scare. If these accidents are becoming more frequent, this could be a sign your parent needs extra supervision.
    • They can’t complete daily tasks without help
      • If your parent is having problems when it comes to completing daily activities, it may be time to get involved. We’re talking about cooking, bathing, and cleaning the home — things that are seemingly mundane but can cause them distress. But the good thing is that assisted living facilities will help them with these things, as almost 40% of all assisted living residents receive assistance with three or more activities every single day.
    • Slow recovery times
      • Think about the last time your parent was sick or underwent a surgery. How long did it take for them to recover? Were they able to seek medical help by themselves, or did they have to rely on you to bring them to the doctor and to administer medicine? If this is the case, they may require living with professional caregivers to ensure their health is not compromised the next time something happens.
    • Noticeable¬†changes in appearance
      • Look carefully at your parent the next time you are with them. Are you noticing that they have experienced a significant weight gain or weight loss? Does their hair lack luster or look like they haven’t bathed in a while? Consider these things and if there are any noticeable changes, consult with a medical care professional.

If you are noticing any of these signs, it may be time to start looking at assisted living facilities for your loved one. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask our professionals today.

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