For many, the holidays bring family members together who may not have seen each other in a while. It is quite common for children of aging parents to begin to see that a parent may need some assistance with everyday tasks. Here are some signs to look for if you think it is time for your mom or dad to move to a senior living community.
Missing meals could be a sign of depression, or dementia. However, it might be that shopping and preparing meals is too much for them to physically manage.
Dehydration or Malnutrition
If they have recently received a diagnosis of dehydration or malnutrition, it could be from forgetting to eat or drink, or because they are unable to shop or prepare meals.
Frequent Illness, Hospitalizations, or Emergency Room Visits
As their health starts to decline, many older adults find themselves getting sick more often and getting more severe illnesses.
You may notice unpaid bills on the counter, the oven or stove left on, or confusion about what day or time it is.
If you find pills on the floor, or prescription refills are happening at odd times, your loved one might be taking the wrong dose, forgetting medication, or taking expired medication.
Showers, baths, and laundry may be getting more difficult, resulting in less than their normal levels of personal hygiene.
They may be aware of their changes and want to conceal their deterioration.
When someone who is normally outgoing becomes socially withdrawn, it can be a sign they are struggling with mental health or other issues.
Changes in Driving Ability
They may not recall how they arrived at a destination. You may notice their automobile is in disrepair, or other accident damage to the car.
Whether too hot or too cold, extreme temperatures may indicate confusion, or illness and may be cause for concern.
Have they fallen one or more times? Are you concerned that they cannot get to the bathroom on their own at night?
Home is Messy or in Disrepair
As people age, regular maintenance may become difficult.
Sometimes neighbors are the first to notice a change in behavior. Events like this should be cause for concern.
If your loved ones are exhibiting any of these behaviors, it may be time to consider looking at a senior living community. The inability to perform daily tasks, confusion, or neglecting their health and appearance could lead to further decline. Ebenezer senior living communities offer a variety of solutions and care levels.
Whether your parents are more independent and could benefit from the peace of mind of living in a senior community, or they need the personal care and support that assisted living offers, or even the controlled-access and enhanced care and services of memory care, Ebenezer can help. Find a location near you to learn more about the lifestyles and care our communities offer.