While almost seven out of 10 Americans over the age of 65 will require some form of long-term care, the idea of entering an assisted living community can often be an emotional and difficult decision. But deciding to enter assisted living can help to improve the quality of life for not only the patient, but for their loved ones and caregivers.
If you are considering eldercare for your loved one but are still unsure, ask yourself these four questions.
Are they having trouble maintaining their home?
Tasks such as bathing, cooking, and general home maintenance care can become difficult or confusing for many elderly individuals, putting their health and well-being at compromise. Assisted living facilities offer a range of services for individuals who need care — no two assisted living facilities are the same. This means that seniors can live as independently as possible with the option of 24 hour, seven-day-a-week care.
Do they require the help of other to do simple things?
If tasks such as bathing, medication management, or cooking become things that they need the assistance of a loved one for, it may be time to consider eldercare resources or senior day care.
Do you have safety concerns?
When you visit your loved one, do any areas of their home pose risks or danger for them? For example, while cooking may indeed be a familiar task, there may now be a risk of fire, burns, or other impending danger. Nursing homes help elderly individuals to complete these tasks and any other needs they have difficulty filling.
Are they alone most of the time?
Old age can be a lonely time. According to many studies, loneliness can lead to depression, and loss of cognitive ability. Nursing homes are designed so that seniors are kept busy, with group activities, events, and plenty of free time to socialize with other individuals their age.