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Five Signs Your Aging Parent is Ready for Assisted Living

Senior Man With Adult Son At HomeIs it time for your aging parent to move into assisted living? Sometimes the warning signs can be subtle, and unfortunately, they are not one size fits all. Look for these five indicators:

1. Ongoing health issues

Chronic health issues can be one of the major signs it could be time to explore assisted living options for your senior parent. Consider the following:

  • Does your parent remember to take their medications on schedule and at the correct dose?
  • Does your parent have a chronic health condition that is worsening?
  • Have you or another caregiver noticed signs of increased forgetfulness?
  • Did it take your parent awhile to recover from a recent illness or injury?
  • Have they had any recent accidents?

2. Poor personal care and nutrition

The ability to keep up with personal care, hygiene and nutrition is key to ensuring a healthy and safe lifestyle.

  • Has your parent lost or gained a noticeable amount of weight?
  • Are they eating regular, healthy meals?
  • Are they keeping up with personal hygiene, including regular baths, haircuts and nail grooming?
  • Can they wash their clothes and linens?

3. Limited mobility

It’s no surprise that mobility becomes an issue with age. Look for signs that your parent may not be able to get around as easily as they once could.

  • Is your parent able to move safely around their house and yard?
  • Do they have unexplained bruises or minor injuries?
  • Have they recently suffered a fall or other accident within their home?
  • Is their house equipped with safety features, like secure handrails, non-slip rugs and clutter-free walkways?
  • Are they able to safely drive? If not, do they have access to another reliable form of transportation?

4. Neglected home maintenance

When you visit your parent at their house, does it look and feel like it once did? Watch for signs that they’re struggling with home upkeep.

  • Are they able to operate household appliances in a safe manner?
  • Are any regularly used appliances broken?
  • Is their kitchen stocked with enough fresh food or are there stale and expired products?
  • Is your parent able to keep up with cleaning, or is the house cluttered, disorganized and dirty?

5. Decreased social interactions

Diminished social interaction is often associated with depression, heart problems and other health issues. Many seniors benefit from the social engagement and stimulating activities offered at assisted living facilities. Ask the following questions:

  • Has your parent lost interest in hobbies or activities they once enjoyed?
  • Does your parent have someone who checks in with them on a regular basis?
  • Has your parent gone an extended period without leaving the house?
  • Does your parent still interact with friends on a regular basis, whether it’s talking on the phone, going out to lunch or attending religious services?

At Generations Senior Living, we have years of experience in helping seniors and their families manage the difficult transition to assisted living. Learn more about our senior living communities and find out if assisted living is right for your family by scheduling a visit.

  • S.Smith says:

    Thank you for your guidance. Keep sharing.

  • Wow, this is a really helpful passage. I appreciate you taking the time to watch out for our seniors. Often it is frowned upon to put our parents into an assisted living facility, but often times it’s for the best. This post is great for knowing whether or not you should be putting your loved one, or yourself in an assisted living facility.

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