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How to Know When a Parent Needs Assisted Living

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The decision to move a parent from their current home to assisted living is complicated and oftentimes emotional. While most people want to live on their own as long as possible, there inevitably comes the point when they need more help than can be provided at home. So, how do you know when your parent should no longer be living on their own? Asking yourself the following questions will help you determine when it’s time to consider assisted living.

Is your parent eating healthy, nutritious meals? Can they still do their own grocery shopping?

Does your parent remember to turn off kitchen appliances, such as the stove, when they are finished cooking?

Is your parent capable of getting around safely without the fear of falling?

Is your parent keeping up with grooming and hygiene habits?

Does your parent leave their house on a regular basis? Are they able to drive themselves safely?

Are they staying on top of home maintenance tasks, including cleaning, repairs, and regular upkeep?

Is your parent remembering to take their medications correctly? Do they take their medications with the right dosages and at the right times?

Are they able to recover quickly from illness, such as a common cold or flu?

Do they have a plan in place to seek help in case of an emergency?

Are they paying bills on time, and in the correct amount?

Does your parent have active friendships? Do they participate in social events, activities, and hobbies?

As a caregiver, are you able to provide quality care for your parent without becoming overwhelmed or sacrificing your health?

If you answered ‘no’ to most of the questions above, it may be time to bring up the topic of assisted living with your parent and start to research the best assisted living options in your area. While transitioning your parent from their current home to an assisted living community can be difficult, it’s also one of the best things you can do to ensure their long-term safety, health, and happiness.

In an assisted living community, residents receive customized care based on their unique needs. From housekeeping to medication reminders to help with daily tasks like bathing and getting dressed, assisted living provides just the right level of support older adults need to stay safe while maintaining their independence. And with the added benefits of daily social opportunities, quality dining, and enriching activities, assisted living empowers seniors to lead happier, more fulfilling lives. If you feel the time is right, we encourage you to start researching and touring assisted living options in your area to find the right fit for your parent.

Written by Bethany Lutheran Village

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