When Should I Consider a New Living Arrangement For My Elderly Parent?

Elderly ParentAs people grow older, changes in their abilities are often gradual and subtle. That’s why it is often difficult for families to know when a parent may need help. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are they living alone with no local family or friends?
  • Have they experienced any falls?
  • Do they have any loss of appetite or have lost weight?
  • Are they becoming increasingly forgetful? Do they remember to take their medications?
  • Have they kept up with their hygiene?
  • Are they having trouble getting to appointments or running errands?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to look into a new living arrangement that will keep them safe and well cared for.

One option is to move your parent into your home. It’s important to weigh the advantages and drawbacks of a shared household. Consider what physical modifications might be required to make your home safer and accessible for them. Explore what services are available should you require help.

If your parent needs more assistance than you are able to provide, consider an assisted-living community. The advantage of assisted living is a staff that is trained to assist residents with their needs 24 hours a day.

Whatever you decide, it’s important to help your parent maintain control of their independence. Work with your parents to make this decision together.

By: Emeritus Senior Living

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