The signs that your parent may need assistance are often subtle. Some of the warning signs are:
Your family may be considering assisted living options for a variety of reasons – your loved one’s deteriorating health, a developing sense of isolation or caregiver exhaustion. No matter what the reason, it is important to begin the conversation with respect and sensitivity. Respect, because your senior loved one deserves a voice in a decision that will literally impact every facet of his or her daily life. And sensitivity, because the decision to seek assisted care signals that in some way, your loved one can no longer take care of him/herself. Accepting help is never easy, especially for an adult who may have lived independently for decades.
These tips will make beginning the conversation about assisted living with your parent easier:
While the symptoms of dementia may vary according to their medical cause, there are several common outward signs:
Trying to communicate with a parent who suffers from dementia can be challenging and frustrating for all involved. But by improving your communication skills, you can foster meaningful dialogue and nurture a more meaningful relationship with your loved one.
The period between making the decision to move your parent into a new home and the move itself can be a stressful one. With some thoughtful planning, you can make the transition smoother for your family and your loved one.
It is critical to find a home that meets your parent’s needs. The primary considerations are your parent’s health, happiness and safety. To those ends, you should select a new community or facility based on:
For a helpful checklist of features you may wish to consider, view our Living Scenario Comparison.
When you move your loved one into a new home, it is important to ensure he/she remains comfortable and informed throughout the entire process.
Once you help your parent move into a new home, it’s important to continue offering emotional support while giving him/her the freedom to socialize and acclimatize independently.