How To Know When A Parent Can No Longer Live Alone?

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The hardest thing about determining when an elderly parent can no longer live alone is that no two cases are alike. Without question the topic of senior care needs to be broached not only with an eye on the individual’s needs but also with a sensitivity as to what could be a major change in their life.

Some of the concerns families deal with in determining if a parent needs a senior care facility include:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Falling
  • Loneliness
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Forgetfulness
  • Wandering
  • Not taking medications
  • Making irrational decisions
  • Not paying bills
  • Repeated questions

A senior who exhibits some or all of these characteristics may be a candidate for additional care, including in-come caregiver services or, if appropriate, assisted living of some sort. At this point many families begin asking questions that they may have never considered before. Namely:

  • Who will take care of my parent?
  • Who is going to pay for their care?
  • How long can they stay at a given facility?
  • Who can give me the right information?

Being the adult child of aging parents isn’t something we’re trained for, and as time goes by the decisions can get harder. If the time has come to seek additional help for your aging parent, it helps to proceed from a position of knowledge and with options at your disposal. Get the facts. Do your research.  Contact community resources. Help is available, you just need to look.

 

Source:  www.elderlink.org

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