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When Is It Time for Assisted Living?

Are You Considering Assisted Living for Your Loved One?

Aging. It’s difficult to see, especially in those you love. As your loved one gets older, it brings up a lot of questions:

  • What are the signs of normal aging, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of dementia? 
  • Can my parents or loved one care for themselves without help?
  • What kind of care is best and where should we go to receive the help they need?
  • How can I tell if my loved ones need help, even when they insist they don’t? And even more importantly, how can I talk to them about it?

It is difficult to navigate this new chapter of you and your loved one’s life. Oftentimes taking that first step of deciding to find an assisted living community can cause hesitation, confusion, and sometimes even conflicts. Below we outline signs of when you should consider assisted living for your loved one.

Indicators of When It’s Time for Assisted Living

Weight loss

Are your loved ones eating? Missing meals can be a sign of depression or dementia.  The most common reason, however, is that shopping for and preparing meals might just be too much for them to handle.

Poor hygiene

Does your loved one look disheveled? Is he or she wearing dirty clothes or skipping baths? Sometimes the fear of falling in the tub or shower can cause them to neglect their personal hygiene.

Decline in home appearance

What about their home, are there piles of clutter? Dirty dishes, lots of laundry, unemptied trash, or spoiled food? If your former “neat-nik” loved one is now living in clutter, this is cause for concern.

Forgetfulness

Is your loved one often confused?  Overdrawing bank accounts or missing bill payments? Do you often need to “redirect” them?  This kind of cognitive decline can be caused by:

  • Problems with medication management
  • Mood swings

Finding the Right Care for Your Loved One

If you find yourself needing help with an aging loved one, Fairview Health Services can help. We provide a range of care options including:

  • Care management and coordination
  • Home care
  • Assisted living and memory care
  • Adult day programs