Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine the best living arrangements for your senior parent. However, there are a few common signs that it's time for them to move to a senior living facility. According to Zippia, in 2023, nursing homes in the U.S. care for more than 1.4 million residents. Here are some indicators that moving to a senior community is the right choice for your parent.
The elderly are prone to falls, accidents, and getting lost. This is especially true if your parent has trouble walking and needs assistance. If you live in a big house, wandering may also become a problem. If your home doesn't have the right features to support your parent's mobility, it might be time for them to move somewhere safer.
Your parent may have a medical condition that prevents them from being fully independent. If you notice sudden weight loss or irrational behavior, schedule a doctor's appointment immediately. If their health concerns mean they'll need extra assistance in their daily life, they'll be able to receive more care in a facility than at home.
As humans, we tend to get stressed and burnt out often. It's completely understandable if you don't have the time or energy to care for a senior parent, especially if you work full time or have children. If you don't feel capable of being the caregiver your parent needs, it's time to start researching senior living facilities.
If your parent isn't taking proper care of their appearance or their home, this should be taken seriously. Changes in appearance and hygiene indicate that a person is no longer able to care for themselves independently, but the professionals at senior living facilities can help.
If your parent is going through a cognitive decline, they may enter isolation or depression. However, a senior living facility can provide them with social activities and a supportive environment. They'll also be more likely to interact with people of the same age and make new friends.
Moving to a senior living facility is a big life change, but in many cases, it's the best option to provide a person with a happy, fulfilling life. If your parent is ready to move to a senior community, contact Red Stone Estates today to schedule a tour.