Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Signs That It May Be Time for Assisted Living
Placing your loved one is more than a difficult task. Many family members have a hard time deciding who needs to be involved, where to place their loved one, and most importantly, when it is time to place them.
By following the signs below, you can better judge when that time has come.
- Accidents and falls – your loved one is having accidents or is in and out of the hospital. They easily get sick with colds and viruses and have a very hard time recovering from these illnesses.
- Activities of daily living (ADL’s) are failing – you start to notice body odor and can tell they are losing or gaining weight. Their hair isn’t done up like it used to or makeup is no longer worn correctly or at all.
- Social activities diminish – Mom’s poker players slowly dwindle away. The normal Thursday night dinner your loved one used to host is not happening anymore. They may give excuses or reasons for this but you will know when they are retracting from social activities they used to enjoy.
- Changes within the home – you stop by to say hello and notice the heat from the stove is burning through the kitchen as mom left the stove top on. Rotting food can be found in the pantry or refrigerator, appliances may be broke or not working properly, you may notice stock piles of the same item in the kitchen or lack of items. Pets may be improperly cared for, nails need to be trimmed, dogs need to be groomed, and fish in the fish tank are dead. Piles of mail are stacked on the dinner table, etc.
When you notice some of the signs above it is important to do what is best for your loved one. If their health, happiness, and safety is at risk, we encourage you to speak to a professional about placement.
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