As much as you might not like to believe that the ones we love will get older, the truth is age is inevitable. At some point, many of us get to the point where we require special care. For many families who have full-time jobs and children to look after, caring for their older loved ones themselves isn’t an option. For this reason, many people turn to assisted living.
However, a lot of people might not be sure what the warning signs are that it’s time to turn to professional care period here are some of the telltale signs that your older loved one may require assisted living.
Inability to Cook or Clean
Cooking and cleaning are two important responsibilities that every adult should be able to carry out. However, adults over a certain age may have trouble doing it on their own. If you notice that cooking meals for themselves and tidying the house has become obsolete, it’s time for a professional to step in. Your loved one needs to be eating properly and living in a clean environment. If they can’t do it for themselves, then someone needs to step in.
There is age-related forgetfulness, and then there is forgetfulness to the point of chaos. Older loved ones may forget very important things like paying bills or even taking their medication. If your loved ones’ memory is affected to the point of forgetting critical details that are a necessary part of looking after themselves, then it’s time to step in and help.
Incapable of Driving
For some older people, driving can be a considerable challenge. Their eyesight isn’t what it used to be, nor is their reaction time. However, not all older people are willing to admit that their driving skills are degrading. It’s important that you look out for the warning signs like dings in their vehicle, or an inability to drive at night.
Since driving is such an integral part of living on your own, from going grocery store shopping to visiting the doctor, you need to know that your loved one can get around by themselves. If they can’t, then it’s time to consider assisted living so you know they have whatever they need.
If you start to notice that your senior family member is lacking hygiene, then it’s time to help out. Older people may have a hard time remembering to shower, and when they do remember, it may be much more physical effort than they’re willing to put up with. In an assisted living facility, you can rest assured that your loved one will be properly bathed and groomed which is an essential part of their well-being.