As your mother or father grows older, there will be elements of this new phase of life that are endearing and heartwarming.
From playing with grandchildren to imparting wisdom gained from years of experience, there’s no denying the various positive elements that come with age.
On the other hand, there are changes that may be hard to process, but turning a blind eye to them will not serve you or your parents in the long run.
Preemptively taking steps to ensure your mother or father continues to live a safe and fulfilling life is one of the most compassionate things you can do for your aging parent.
Assisted living communities are an ideal option that empowers your parent to continue to live a life of meaning and purpose while addressing changing needs.
How do you know if it’s time to help mom or dad make the transition to an assisted living community?
There are several patterns and signs that can serve as warnings that your parent may no longer be safe or satisfied living on his or her own.
Keep your eyes open for the following three signs that an assisted living community could benefit him or her.
Forgetfulness and Decreased Mental Sharpness
With age, it’s to be expected that our memory won’t be as sharp as it was when we were young. However, if you notice that your parent exhibits the symptoms in the list below, it could be a sign of more rapid decline of memory:
- Your loved one becomes easily confused.
- Your loved one forgets the names of friends or family.
- Your loved one loses track of where he or she is.
- Your loved one has trouble concentrating.
- Your loved one becomes moody and irritable as the day goes on.
Even early in the process of memory decline, just a moment of lapse in clarity can have negative consequences while driving, cooking a meal, or taking daily medications.
Difficulty with Personal and Household Upkeep
Certain daily tasks that were once easy and manageable for your parent will become increasingly difficult over time.
From sweeping the floors, to taking a bath, to keeping a fridge and pantry stocked for meals, there’s a lot of required time and energy that goes into keeping one’s self and house in optimal condition.
If you notice your parent struggling with such tasks, a different environment and support system can be greatly beneficial.
Exhibiting Signs of Loneliness
An inevitable side of aging into the 70’s and beyond is that it becomes harder to remain socially active, and friends from years past may pass on or move and no longer be around.
Loneliness is an epidemic among seniors, as many try to remain living at home for the sake of familiarity. However, sitting and watching TV each day will surely result in a rapid decline of physical and mental states.
If you notice that your parent has stopped engaging in his or her usual social activities and hobbies, it may be a sign that he or she would benefit from an environment that provides easy access to social and recreational opportunities.
Has your parent been experiencing one or more of these warning signs? If so, he or she may benefit immensely from an assisted living community, and it may be time to explore the options. There are a variety of assisted living communities to choose from; it’s just a matter of finding one that is the best fit for your parent.
At LifeStream Complete Senior Living, day in and day out, we work with families like yours—family members who are making the same tough decisions for those they love.
If you’re struggling to know how to help your aging loved one, you may find our free retirement checklist, Signs It’s Time for Your Loved One to Make a Move to a Senior Living Community, to be additionally helpful. Our aim with this resource is to provide you with peace, comfort, and direction as you sort through the tough decisions you need to make. Click to download here.