No child wants to have to make the decision to take their mom and/or dad out of their home and place them in an assisted living community. As parents age, the children begin to dread the day when they may have to make decisions for their parents. It’s a tough decision, but one that must be made for the welfare of your parents. After all, they did what they could to protect you and take care of you as a child. The child becoming the parent, or caretaker is a fact of life for many people. Here is how you know when it’s time to start looking at communities that provide assistance to those who cannot take care of themselves.
Changes in Behavior
If your mother or father is usually pleasant and outgoing, but starts to become more of a homebody and lacks interest in doing the things they enjoy, it’s time to check with their doctor. Anything that is out of the normal behavior of your mom or dad needs to be addressed. Keep in mind this doesn’t include if your parent decides to do something for themselves or is not there to watch the kids sometimes. Behavioral changes may be an indicator of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Assisted Living Columbus OH communities with experience in this area will be best suited for these conditions.
Some indications that your parents are having memory problems include forgetting to take medications, forgetting to eat, forgetting important dates or appointments and forgetting things they have been reminded of several times. This could be an indicator of Alzheimer’s or dementia, or a vitamin deficiency.
Changes in Living Habits
If your mother and/or father is having trouble with getting dressed, eating, bathing, grooming, cleaning or having problems with daily tasks, it’s time to get medical advice. This could mean they can no longer take care of themselves and need help with day-to-day care. Assisted Living locations may be the answer.
Any of these changes you notice in your parents is a reason to at least have a discussion with them about their health and well-being. It will be one of the hardest things you ever have to do in your life, but it’s for the welfare of your parents. Abbington Assisted Living in Columbus facilities provide assistance with the things they can no longer do for themselves.