Although your parents have been able to live independently throughout their
entire lives, it can be challenging for them to concede to senior care.
If they require assistance with their daily activities or health care
you are not able to provide, an
assisted living facility can provide the monitoring and support they need around the clock. If
you’re not sure if it’s the right time to make the transition,
our Hampton elder care living center experts understands the signs which
indicate the need for senior care.
The following are five signs your parent needs assisted living care:
- Mild cognitive impairment, such as confusion or poor judgement, can have
severe consequences if left untreated. If they’re seen wandering
around for no apparent reason, this is typically a sin of dementia or
- Mobility issues if they are prone to falling or require a wheelchair. If
they’re having a difficult time getting around their home, then
it may be time to visit potential assisted living centers.
- When heath care needs increase beyond a caregiver’s abilities.
- Any evidence of household neglect, such as a dirty home, spoiled food or
- Demonstrating indications of loneliness or depression including rarely
leaving home, avoiding friends or losing interest in hobbies.
How do you put a parent in assisted living?
If you’ve noticed any of these signs, it may be time to consider
assisted living options. Once you’ve decided that your elderly parent
needs to be in assisted living, you’ll need to find an assisted
living that offers the care your parent needs and the amenities they want.
After settling on the right assisted living, the next step will be to
talk to the assisted living, find out more information about the facility,
and visit for a tour. It is a good idea to visit the facility by yourself
and afterwards visit with your parent. Although the process of moving
a parent into an assisted living is anything but easy, do not delay. Delays
can result in accidents and medical issues. During the process you will
also need to think about consolidating your parent’s possessions
as well as gathering and managing legal and medical documents to ensure
your parent is fully prepared for the transition. Our highly qualified
staff can help every step of the way.
How do I talk to my elderly parent about assisted living?
Sometimes the most difficult step in moving an elderly parent to an assisted
living facility is talking to them about it. It can be tough to start
the conversation, to admit your parent needs more help than you can provide,
and you may delay the conversation due to fears of upsetting your parent.
However, delays can lead to the need for assisted living becoming more
and more pressing everyday. To make the conversation easier, follow these tips:
Talk to your Mom or Dad alone about the possibility of moving into assisted
living. If your parent is reluctant or unwilling to transition, recruit
family members to also talk to them about it. Talk to siblings, your children,
or any other family members or friends that your parent trusts and encourage
them to help you talk to your elderly parent.
Ease Into It
Don't talk as if a decision has already been made. Instead, lightly
bring up the topic in casual conversation. It may also be a good idea
to plant the seed after an accident or an injury. Bringing up the conversation
this way will allow them to clearly think about an easier way of living.
Focus on showing the elderly parent the positives of assisted living,
such as preventing accidents or helping them take care of themselves on
a daily basis.
Most elderly individuals who are afraid to move into assisted living have
a clear reason why. They may not want to be forgotten by their friends
and family members, or not see the grandchildren on a regular basis, or
want to live somewhere that feels like “home.” Listen to their
concerns and reassure them that they will feel comfortable, at home, and
that you and other family members will still be around just as much.
For more information,
contact our Hampton elder care living center today.