Getting older is an inevitable apart of life. The older that you get, the older that your elderly loved ones get. The older that people get, the harder it is to look after themselves or be able to complete the same tasks as they could in their younger years. The simple act of walking around the house can become a difficult action to carry out.
As a result, you may find yourself worrying about your older loved ones’ well-being more and more. Even if you have the best intentions in mind of helping them as much as possible, at some point, elderly citizens require around the clock care. If you have a family to look after, or a job you need to be at, it’s not possible to dedicate your entire day to your loved one.
Therefore, at some point, you may want to start considering whether moving your loved one into a nursing home may be the right move for you and your family.
There can be a lot of conflicting information out there about assisted living facilities, and you may worry whether your loved one would be mistreated in such an environment. However, there are fabulous assisted living communities out there that are compassionate about their patients and can care for your family member the way that you want them to be cared for.
Here are some of the signs that your elderly loved one may be ready to be moved into such a facility.
Unable To Keep Up With Personal Hygiene
Sometimes you may not realize how much your older loved one is lacking in this department. They may go to great lengths to hide the fact that they are no longer able to properly bathe or wipe themselves.
Hygiene is an important part of staying healthy. It’s imperative that your loved one is properly bathing themselves and keeping their bodies clean. If you start to notice that they smell, or they’re looking unkempt, it may be time to consider whether it’s because they’re no longer to groom themselves.
Unable To Do Housework
At some point, people aren’t expected to haul a vacuum across a three-story house or mow the 3-acre backyard. It’s reasonable to assume that they probably need help with heavy tasks like these.
However, when the house starts to fall apart to the point of extreme grime, or clutter, it may be the perfect opportunity to consider that they need help.
In some cases, dementia and other age-related cognitive issues may cause your loved one to be unusually aggressive or defensive out of nowhere.
If you start feeling overwhelmed by their outbursts, you shouldn’t be afraid to turn to a professional for help.