In a unique reversal of roles, adult children often feel the responsibility for making sure their parents are well cared for as they grow older. We all want what is best for our family elders, from a safe place to call home to a lifestyle that gives the senior freedom to enjoy themselves. Sometimes that means helping an elder remain in their own house, and other times it requires making a transition to a senior living community.
This generation of seniors is known for being fiercely independent. Many are reluctant to admit they are struggling and need extra help, and those that do ask for assistance have hesitancy about cost. Like most of us, older adults usually want to be self-reliant for as long as possible. Accepting that the time for assisted living has arrived might not be easy for a senior to do. That’s why waiting for a loved one to ask for help, especially if the solution requires a move, can delay getting them the care they need.
If a parent or family elder doesn’t ask for assistance, how can you tell when they need it? How can you objectively evaluate your family member’s circumstances? We have a checklist of warning signs for you to look for when you are together next.
Is It Time for Assisted Living?
There are often telltale signs that indicate an older adult is struggling and in need of a change, including:
Another set of warning signs that may indicate a senior’s cognitive function or emotional wellness may be declining include:
A person with early-stage Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia will usually benefit from the safe, structured environment of a memory care community.
A Variety of Care Solutions on One Campus
If your senior loved one is experiencing more than a few of the warning signs listed above, it’s likely time for assisted living or possibly even memory care. One solution to consider is a senior living community that provides a continuum of care on one campus.
Heritage Communities offers a range of options—from home care to independent and assisted living, memory care, and respite services for older adults—in Nebraska, Iowa, and Arizona. We encourage you to call the Heritage Communities location nearest you to learn more! Or, download our "Should You Stay or Should You Go?" guide. It’s a free guide to help you decide whether you should stay in your current home or make a move to a senior living community.