Your parents may have been an integral part of your life. They may have been there all the time. Because of this, you may feel inclined to take care of them as they enter their retirement phase or when they may be bombarded with various health issues. You may even think that assisted living communities are not an option.
However, there is also that fact that most of your time may be eaten up by work and tending to your own children and spouse. As such, caring for your beloved elderly can become a lot more challenging. You need to be able to find that balance so that you are still able to navigate your daily life and accord your parents the care they need most. There are general tell-tale signs that it may be time for them to live in a caring assisted living community. Here are those signs:
#1 – Chronic Health Problems
It is a fact that as someone grows older, they become more susceptible to chronic medical conditions. Studies have shown that more than 70 million above the 50-year age group experience health problems associated with heart disease and memory loss like Alzheimer’s. At this point, they would need close monitoring and attention to keep them safe and away from irreversible medical emergencies. Once you see that they’re struggling with these issues, living alone is no longer an option.
#2 – Financial Problems
Health issues are not just the reason your parents should be moved to an assisted living community. Difficulty in keeping up with their financial responsibilities is also a sign that they should no longer be living on their own. Are bank, insurance, energy bills piling up on their doorsteps? Do you suspect they may be being scammed financially from so-called marketers? If your answer to these questions is yes, then it is time to think about assisted living.
#3 – Poor Hygiene
It may be hard to admit but there are retired individuals who may be suffering from poor hygiene. This may be because they can no longer care for themselves due to health issues or they just no longer have the motivation to do so. If your parents’ physical appearance looks a mess or that they have an unpleasant odor, it only means they need someone, who is around a lot to care for their needs.
#4 – Isolation
Many people may think that isolation is common or harmless in someone’s disposition. This may be true in some cases but if you feel like your loved one becomes more and more distant, then it is time to act and do something about it. Isolation can lead to depression, addiction, and worse, death.
#5 – Unkempt Home
Just like poor hygiene, a messy home can be an indicator that your loved ones can no longer live alone. This may be because they are no longer physically able to do household chores, or in the case of memory loss, they may forget to do them.
Enjoy the Assisted Living Community at SummerHouse Byrd Springs
We, at SummerHouse Byrd Springs, have made it our mission to provide a healthy atmosphere that fosters the best care and service for your loved ones, who need assistance. We have passionate team members, who will always make your parents’ or relatives’ needs a priority so that they can still enjoy the sense of normalcy in their lives.
Contact us at 256.882.2727 to know more about the amenities and offerings of our assisted living community or schedule a tour with us by filling our online form.