Most of us fear losing our independence and moving into an assisted living facility. However, in some cases it may be the best option to keep elderly or aging loved ones safe and healthy.
If you are grappling with deciding to place a loved one in assisted living, try to answer the following questions to determine if it's time:
- Is your loved one eating?
- Do they put their health at risk at home?
- Is your loved one remembering to take their medications to stay well?
- Do they have a plan to contact someone in case of emergency?
- Is their home equipped with safety features such as grab bars and emergency response systems?
- Do they have friends, or are they isolated from others most of the time?
- Is your loved one independent or do they need support for daily activities?
Or, do they forget to eat and they simply have no appetite? Nutrition is vital to keeping a high energy level and to maintaining a healthy quality of life.
If they are not safe walking, seeing, bathing or cooking alone they could be at risk staying at home alone.
Memory loss can pose a challenge for those reliant on time sensitive vital medications. Having a full time aid to ensure that medications are taken elevates this concern.
If they live alone and are at risk for injury, it would be better to have someone available 24/7.
If not, Assisted Living could be the solution.
It is very important for their mental and physical health, to maintain social relationships. In an Assisted Living environment, they will have that.
If you are unable to take care of your loved one 24/7, then an Assisted Living setting may be the solution.
These are just a few questions that you and your loved one may want to consider while exploring options and deciding whether it's time to seek support though assisted living.