Making the decision to transition your loved one to assisted living is never easy, but sometimes it is the best option for your family. This is especially true for a family member that is experiencing symptoms of dementia. If you are unsure whether or not it is time to make the move to assisted living, check for the following signs:
- What is the condition of their home?
- How are Mom and Dad dressed? Are they well-groomed?
- Do you notice any unusual smells or odors?
- Check out their refrigerator to ensure it is not bare or full of spoiled food, but that it is stocked with essentials.
- Are they losing or gaining weight suddenly?
- Check the car. Are there any new dents or scratches?
- How is their driving during the day and night? Do they get lost?
- Are they frequently forgetting familiar names, faces, places?
- Can Mom and Dad walk stairs easily?
- Have they fallen? Do you see any bruises?
- Can they get in and out of a chair easily and safely?
- Do you think they are taking their medication properly?
- Are they having unusual mood swings, or do you see a change in personality?
- Do they wander off with no purpose or destination, and are you uncomfortable leaving them unattended.
An overall increase in care needs might mean it is time to consider your loved one’s care options. It maybe time to consider Assisted Living. Denial is a common part of the process, and they may refuse your help, but remain positive and remember that this is for the wellbeing and safety of your family member.
Consider Stein Assisted Living for your senior loved one’s care needs. If you have any questions about our services and programs, contact our senior care specialist at (732) 568-1155, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at www.wilfcampus.org.