How To Know When a Parent Should Not Live Alone

April 21, 2015

LS_blog_image_7-8Maintaining a home can become increasingly difficult as we age. Everyday tasks become burdensome. Something as simple as walking up and down the stairs can eventually become dangerous. Lookout for the following to ensure your parent or loved one is safe in their home.Accidents, Illness, or Falls – It is much harder for a senior to recover from health setbacks, which unfortunately become more common as we age. Understand that many seniors suffer accidents, falls, and illnesses. If one of these things befalls your parent, you need to pay attention to their recovery. Do they fully come back to their prior self, or do they have problems with daily tasks? If they do have trouble, returning to life at the house becomes more difficult.

Difficulty with Daily Tasks – Managing the demands of a house, and in our climate the winter weather and snow, is demanding for anyone, never mind a senior. In addition to the house and driveway, there are bills to pay, hygiene to attend to, and meals to prepare meals. Observe how well your parent is able to manage these tasks when you visit.

Forgetfulness, Repetitive Stories – Memory issues may be subtle at first, so knowing what to look for is important. Watch if your parent experiences confusion, tells the same story repeatedly, cannot remember names, thinks it is morning when it is evening, does not know where they are, or experiences restlessness and anxiousness as the day progresses. Anything that raises a flag with you should be addressed with a physician qualified to determine the underlying issues.

Personal Finance – If you notice bills are not getting paid, seniors might be having a hard time keeping track of their personal finances and require help. If your parent or loved one shows any of these warning signs, you might want to discover more about living options to ensure their safety.

Ask These Questions When Searching For Assisted Living

Assisted living is for seniors that need help with what is referred to as daily living activities. Seniors in assisted living remain as independent as possible with customized care to fit their needs. This may include help dressing, medication management, or help with mobility.

Most people think all assisted living communities are the same. The truth is, there is a full range of options, and not all assisted living communities are equal. Here are some important questions to ask to ensure an assisted living community can meet the needs for your loved one now and in the future:

  1. What type of living options does the community offer?
  2. Is the community licensed?
  3. What type of care plans are offered?
  4. What are the details in the final contract?
  5. What’s provided in the basic daily rate, and what services cost extra?
  6. What does it provide that is unique?

Many assisted living communities also include a section dedicated to residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia called memory care. It’s important to understand some communities offer licensed assisted living while others offer unlicensed assistance or supportive living.

It’s important to do your due diligence when searching for assisted living, and to ask all the necessary questions to find a community that fits your needs. At communities like Lexington Square, our continuing care retirement community allows a senior to age in place without moving from community to community as needs progress.

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