One of the hardest decisions for a child or grandchild is whether or not to put their senior family member into a senior living care facility. While the majority of seniors know when the time is right for them, some still think that they will be fine alone. Sadly, many of these seniors find out the hard way and often have an accident or other issue at home that may be the final straw to put them in a care. Here are six signs that your loved one may be ready for senior living care.
- Safety Issues: If there is a dramatic rise in household accidents and issues, senior living care may be a wise option. Slipping in the bathroom, cutting or burning themselves while cooking and falling up or down the steps are just a few of the most common injuries we see with elderly patients. If you see any of these issues and it starts to become common, this may be an early warning sign of things to come.
- Caregiver Issues: Many seniors have a caregiver help them throughout the day and these people are often the best resource on if things are worsening for your family member. The actual senior is often the last one to tell if things go wrong and will often hide issues that the caregiver may easily notice. Talk to the caregiver on a regular basis and have them call you if there are any immediate signs of trouble or change in your family member.
- Getting Lost: Often the first signs of dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease is your family member getting lost on a regular basis. When a family member gets lost on a daily walking routine that they have done for years or driving to their local grocery store, this is often a telltale sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Many elderly people blame this on old age, but this is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
- Aggression: Many seniors will often hide issues that they are having, but it comes out with their demeanor of the way they treat their family member. Hostility, anger and aggression are often the first signs that a senior knows something is wrong and they need help. Often times the family member will hide these issues until eventually they snap on a loved one.
- Escalating Needs: While it is always a good idea to help a senior family member as much as possible, there comes a time when family members become strapped with helping and need to turn to a senior living care facility to help them with their loved one. If simple routines such as bathroom, showering and feeding become overwhelming, this is a sure sign that your loved one may need to enter a facility of some type.
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