For many families, the time arrives when all members must decide where an elderly parent or loved one will live. However, it is difficult to know if you are making the best decision. If you are not certain whether your aging loved one should remain at home, there are signs to look for. These signs will determine whether or not your loved one would benefit from elderly residential care services.
Disease and Physical Impairment
An elderly person who has a disease or physical impairment can face many challenges when trying to live alone. While you may not be able to provide 24-hour care, elderly residential care services will allow your loved one to maintain their independence.
Although your elderly loved one may be in general good health, it is still possible for him or her to slip and fall, break a bone, and become injured. Seniors are a greater risk of incurring substantial injuries during a slip and fall than younger adults. If your loved one is considered healthy but has an unsteady gait when walking or standing, it may be time for you to consider hiring a provider that offers in-home professional elderly care services.
Early Signs of Dementia or Alzheimer’s
Cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s and dementia can affect those under 50, but Alzheimer’s is a disease that is very common among the older population. Signs of the disease include:
- Noticeable trouble processing information
Changes in Personality or Hygiene Habits
It is not uncommon for an older person’s social behaviors to change as he or she gets older. If you notice that your loved one’s personality has changed, or your loved one’s hygiene habits have changed, it may be time to hire extra assistance to come into the home.
Caring for an elderly relative is never easy, and there are many challenges and difficulties along the way. Fortunately, with the right type of elderly assisted living, you can be sure to make the best choice for your loved one.
Contact us today to learn more about our in-home residential care services.