As much as you might not want to admit that your elderly loved one may be nearing a time in their lives where they can no longer take care of themselves, the truth is that there comes a day for everyone to get to this point.
It’s in everyone’s best interest to make sure that they are in good hands if anything goes wrong. The last thing you want happening is your older family member getting an injury that could have been prevented had they been under the right care.
So when do you know that it’s time to send your loved one somewhere where they can get more help with their day to day lives? Take a look at some of the most telltale signs that it may be time for assisted living.
As you get older, it gets more difficult to do simple daily tasks that you may have once taken for granted. A clear indication that your loved one may require someone to help them is when their house starts to look in disarray.
Whether their yard is starting to look overgrown or they have piles of dishes in the sink if your loved one’s cleaning habits start to change, it’s safe to say they may need help.
Not only does the body start to degrade as we get older, but also our minds. In our older age, it can become challenging to remember to pay bills or pay off debts. If you start to notice bills piling up at their home that haven’t been opened, it may be time to step in.
As much as your older loved one may not want to admit that their finances are out of control, its not uncommon to need help with money as you get older.
They Have Poor Nutrition
If you start to notice that your loved ones’ diet has been gradually getting worse, it could be an indication that they need someone else’s help making meals. As it gets more difficult to move around, it’s harder to cook. Since cooking involves a considerable amount of standing, it can be hard for them to do much of it.
Unfortunately, eating a diet entirely made up of microwave meals or food out of a box isn’t sustainable. A huge benefit of living in an assisted living facility is having access to hot cooked meals every single day.
They Forget Things
It’s normal to forget things here and there as you get older. However, if you start to notice your loved one forgetting important dates or events, it could be an indication of something much more serious.