Being forgetful, leaving your keys in your car, forgetting to take heart medication; all of these seem like valid reasons to move elderly family members into senior living facilities. However, your parents may not be in need of assistance. How does any senior living facility determine how seniors need help versus those that don’t? There are usually set criteria within each state and/or set by private senior living facilities. Here is how your parents may be evaluated for assistance in a facility.
Ambulation, Cognition, Safety Issues
Every senior is individually assessed before they are accepted into a senior living program. This includes a full assessment of one’s ability to move, walk, turn, lift arms and legs, change directions, etc., without needing help. Cognition is also important; can a person orient him/herself to time and place, or is there signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s? Then there are safety issues; does your parent wander or elope, drive and get lost while driving, etc.. All of these evaluations are typically on paper, with the exception of certain physical tests.
Assistance Required in Two or More Areas
If you have an elderly parent that is able to do most everything except taking medications on time, he/she may not need assistance in facility living. That does not mean he/she can’t live in a facility. It just means that anyone needing more care may get an apartment ahead of anyone that does not need as much care. If, however, your parent has deficits in two or more areas, that typically qualifies them for facility living.
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