Having someone that you love age can be very hard emotionally and physically. You may feel responsible for their care, worry about their safety, and wonder if they should be in a facility that can care for them or in their own home. Determining the right time to move into a nursing facility is different for every individual. However, there are some signs to look for to tell if your loved one is needing more care and help than what you can provide. Here are some things to look for.
1. Your Loved One Is No Longer Caring For The House
One of the first things to go as your loved one's health declines is home maintenance. For instance, they may stop vacuuming, are unable to get out in the yard, or a myriad of other things. Of course you would expect hard manual labor to be difficult for them to do, but if they are unable to do the small things like dishes, wipe down the counters, make the bed and other simple chores, it may be time for an assisted living center.
Not being able to care for the house is more worrisome than just having a cluttered house; it could become a safety hazard. If they are not able to properly wash their dishes, keep the bathroom clean, and keep things off the ground, it could harm them.
2. Your Loved One Is Failing To Care For Their Personal Hygiene
Dressing and bathing yourself can become more difficult as you age. You might notice that your loved one is wearing the same clothes for days. They might even be sleeping in their clothes or never changing out of their pajamas. In addition, they may neglect bathing for days or weeks because it is too hard. If this is the case, it is most certainly time for additional help.
3. Your Loved One Seems Depressed or Overwhelmed
Lastly, look to the emotional wellbeing of your loved one. Many people become incredibly lonely living on their own; they might also seem to constantly be overwhelmed with simple tasks. They get worried to go grocery shopping, or they may stress about taking care of the house, themselves, or other things around them. In this case, it may be a cry for help. They may need someone to care for them physically so that they can worry about their emotional health.
By looking for these signs, you can determine if your loved one is ready for an assisted living center, such as Stillwaters Colonial Residence.