It’s not easy for our parents to admit that they need help with activities of daily living (let alone accepting it) as they age. However, once we realized that they need additional support, it may be time to consider assisted living for our ageing parents. Below are some common signs that your ageing parent needs assisted living:
Mobility Difficulty Issues
Falls are now the primary cause of emergency department visits among those above 65 in the U.S. In most cases, falls often result in broken bones, lacerations, or in some worst-case scenarios, may even be fatal. As our parents age, many factors may increase their risk of falling.
Prescription medications, for instance, can cause excessive blood pressure swings, disorientation, and difficulty in breathing, among other issues. Musculoskeletal diseases, such as arthritic pain, numbness in the feet, reduced muscular strength, and gait irregularities, can also cause mobility issues. These conditions can increase our parents’ risk of falling, and if our parents are living on their own, it will be a cause for concern.
Risky Driving Behaviors
If your parent is displaying risky driving behaviors or having problems driving on the road, it might be time to consider moving him or her into an assisted living community that provides transportation services. You’ll need to have a conversation with your parent if you begin to see traffic fines or inexplicable or regular dents and scrapes on their cars.
Sudden Weight Loss
Diet and nutrition can also become critical problems for ageing parents, especially those with dementia. If you notice a sudden weight loss, it could be that they’re not eating enough. Check the refrigerator and pantry for significant volumes of uneaten or ruined food. If there’s a substantial volume of uneaten food, it may be a sign that your ageing parent can no longer manage food preparation or handle the responsibilities of running a household.
Poor Management of Finances
Although money may be a sensitive issue to broach, addressing it with your parents is essential for their survival. If you observe that your parent’s judgment abilities are deteriorating because of their age or health challenges, you will need to step in and provide financial counsel and assistance.
Suppose your parents are making a slew of financial mistakes, such as failing to pay monthly payments or making imprudent and nonsensical purchases, you’ll need to help them manage their finances.
As people age, it is common to have minor memory loss. And while forgetful moments are not reasons you should fret about, you should be concerned if your parent’s memory loss interferes with his or her ability to carry out daily chores such as driving, buying groceries, or paying bills. Also, are your parents repeating the same point over and over again in a conversation? Are they able to follow instructions? Do they remember to take their meds regularly? If your parents are exhibiting these signs, it might be time to consider assisted living.
Disorganized Living Space
If your parents’ house has become messy and disorganized, it could be another sign showing that they are unable to maintain the upkeep of the house and need help. When you go to their house, check whether they are disposing of their waste properly. Have they been washing their dishes or doing their laundry? If they have pets, have they attended to their needs? Are their floors clean?
Keep an eye out for any strange scents, stains, or damage, while also taking note of their outdoor maintenance situation. Is the grass overgrown or has their garden been neglected? These are signs that your parents might require some form of assistance in their lives.
Choose Assisted Living at Discovery Village At Southlake
You don’t have to wait until everything gets worse for your parents—seek assisted living for your parents as early as possible. Discovery Village At Southlake takes pride in delivering quality services, and providing exceptional senior living lifestyle choices to the retirement community in Southlake. Contact us to learn more about our senior living options today.