Now that the holidays are long past and spring is on the way, this season of transition has adult children reflecting over time spent with their parents. Often concerns arise when kids go home to visit. Here are the top 10 signs that your parents might be ready for a transition into assisted care facilities:
- Bills are not being paid on time, overdue or in collections.
- Personal hygiene is lacking, there is a strong urine odor, or clothing is being worn multiple times without washing.
- Lack of housekeeping. Spoiled food is not thrown away; dishes are undone, untidy in nature.
- Poor diet and weight loss.
- Losing track of medications: forgetting to take them or taking too large a dose.
- Driving is no longer safe: gets lost easily, multiple moving violations, etc.
- Lack of interest in hobbies, activities or even leaving the house.
- Trouble getting around the house.
- Necessary household repairs are not done, mail is not retrieved or opened, and lawn is not taken care of.
- Not making sound decisions or observations when doing once routine tasks like turning off the stove, etc.
Early detection of a potential problem is key. Keeping an eye out for the 10 warning signs helps ensure no one is taken by surprise, and that the difficult conversation can begin sooner rather than later.
Finding an assisted living facility requires a human touch. Every person’s situation is different. Their needs are different.
For more information on assisted living residences, contact Spring Arbor.