As parents age and become more dependent on others, it may be time to consider moving them to assisted living.
Questions to ask yourself:
- Are your parents no longer able to perform simple chores like grocery shopping, cooking, and laundry?
- Are they having trouble bathing or grooming themselves?
- Do they forget to take medication? Are other health needs overlooked?
- Are there home safety issues, such as unsafe showers, or do they forget the stove unattended?
- Are they forgetting to pay utility bills or being neglectful with finances?
- Is the primary caregiver also elderly and frail? Is it challenging physically or emotionally to take care of the loved one?
If the answer is “Yes” to most of these questions, consider moving your parent to a trusted assisted living community.
Benefits of moving to Assisted Living:
Assisted Living will set your mind at ease and provide the following solutions:
- Transportation assistance. Transportation vans are provided for doctor visits or grocery shopping.
- Housekeeping. The assisted living community provides housekeeping services as needed.
- Appropriate nutrition. Assisted living provides healthy, nutritious meals with special care given to dietary requirements.
- Personalized daily care. Assistance with bathing, dressing or eating is available.
- Socialization and participation in fun activities. Card games and fun classes are part of a long list of activities offered every month at the assisted living facility.
- Safe environments. Living spaces come with necessary modifications such as wheelchair ramps and shower handles. Additionally, there are alert systems available for emergencies.
- Physical activity. Assisted Living communities have fitness centers that provide exercise and social interaction. Physical therapy is usually available as well.
Before choosing the right assisted living community for your loved one, visit some good-quality ones in your town, read the reviews and get all the information including costs and medical care.