You or a Loved-one May Need Assisted Living, FIVE Tips to Consider

You or a Loved-one May Need Assisted Living, FIVE Tips to Consider

September 23, 2019
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Aging has its specific challenges when you are worried about getting help for yourself or for someone you love.  Caring for a spouse, parent or other loved person as they age is an honor and a gift, but not every circumstance will allow you to care for them to the very end.  How do you know if someone needs to transition to Assisted Living? We have put together a list of signs that will help you find the best solution for your family.

1. Caregiver stress can take a toll on relationships. If you are not able to navigate care responsibilities and incorporate time for rest, it is one sign of needing help.  Assisted Living communities offer assistance with daily living needs allowing family to be family and not worry about unsafe situations.

2. Are care needs escalating beyond your own capabilities?  If you do not have an education in nursing or caregiving, there may come a time where the responsibilities of care will require medical professionals. Be sure to choose safety over emotions when your loved one needs extended care.

3. If someone can no longer be safe alone or if they pose a danger for the family, it is time to get help.  Especially with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, some people can become physically aggressive or wander, leave appliances running and unintentionally pose a threat for those they love. When they no longer recognize danger for themselves or others, it is time to find support.

4. Isolation breeds loneliness and other health issues. If your loved one can no longer drive, and help is not accessible nearby, you may need to intercede.  Many families opt to have a parent live with them in their home, but they are still alone all day long as family members leave for work or other activities.  This does not provide a supportive community that we need as we age. Assisted Living allows a person to remain independent while giving them plenty of opportunities for social engagement and by providing the physical support, they need.

5. If you caring for your spouse, you may also be aging and it has become too difficult. Caregiving is hard physical work that can require lifting your spouse or helping with mobility and bathing tasks that require strength that you may no longer have. Assisted living offers you the support, help with daily tasks that your spouse can no longer do, and allows you both to enjoy your relationship in a safe environment.

At CRISTA, we understand the difficulty of making these types of decisions. If you are a child of an aging parent, we have a E-booklet called A New Beginning- The Kid’s Guide to Retirement Communities that we offer at no cost.  If you would like to talk with someone in person about your situation, or just get more information, we have a kind and knowledgeable staff to help. Call or Email today.