As your parents age, there are going to be a number of challenges that you must face together. One of those challenges can arise when you notice that it is time for your parent to stop living in a completely independent manner and move into an assisted living community.
Such a time in your parent’s life can be difficult for a number of reasons. They might feel apprehensive about such a move for their own reasons. They also might resent losing any control over their own life and choices.
Because this can be such a difficult scenario for families, you must understand the signs that such a move is even necessary in the first place. You don’t want to be in a situation where you have jumped the gun, so to speak, and forced a major change unnecessarily. On the other hand, you don’t want to be ignorant of such signs and miss them when they do arise, as this can be dangerous and problematic for your parent.
With that in mind, here are three common indicators that it is indeed time for your parent to move to an assisted living community.
1. Safety Concerns
According to Bethesda assisted living, one of the primary reasons behind many residents making a move to an assisted living community involves concerns surrounding personal safety and security. The issue is a common one for seniors as even the smallest of security incidents can make one uneasy about living alone any longer.
If you notice that your parent isn’t paying as much attention to things like locking the doors and windows of their home at night or other home security matters, this can indicate that it is time to make the move to an assisted living community.
If you have noticed that your parent is becoming more and more isolated as the result of their current living situation, then that can also be a sign that a change is necessary. Aging, in general, can make it difficult to be social and to interact with family and neighbors. Assisted living communities tend to have organized social calendars to encourage residents to get to know one another and live more social lives.
One thing that can become increasingly evident that can point to the fact that it is time for your parent to move into an assisted living facility involves cleanliness both of their home and their person. As people age, it can become more difficult from a physical standpoint to maintain a home to a desirable standard.
Furthermore, as such things become increasingly more difficult, your parent might simply start to ignore them altogether. This can pose some serious health risks and result in them being less and less comfortable in their own home. An assisted living community can provide cleaning and laundry services so that you parent can once more live in a comfortable and clean environment.
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