Transitioning Your Parents To An Assisted Living Facility.

People with aging parents may find it difficult to have a
discussion about the prospect of transitioning them into a senior residence,
particularly an assisted living community.  Many adult children should
expect to face some resistance from their parents who may feel they are not
ready to give up their independence and/or move from their home.  However,
there are potential warning signs that one should consider while evaluating the
particular circumstances.  The following are some examples when having a
discussion on the topic might be necessary:

  • The
    refrigerator is empty or filled with spoiled food, which may be a sign
    that food shopping and preparation are more difficult.
  • The
    parent has frequent bruises, which may be a sign of falling or mobility
    and balance problems.
  • The
    parent poses a safety risk by living alone (i.e., forgetting to turn off
    burners on the stove).
  • The
    parent wears the same clothing over and over again or neglects personal
    hygiene, which can be a sign that doing laundry and bathing are becoming
    more challenging.
  • The
    house isn’t as clean and tidy and is in disrepair, which may show that
    maintenance may becoming too much of a burden.
  • The
    parent forgets things (including doctor’s appointments and when to take
    medication) or dresses inappropriately for the weather, which may be due
    to memory loss or dementia.
  • The
    parent seems to be depressed or anxious, which may result from isolation
    and staying home alone, particularly if a spouse recently died.

Assisted living communities offer many great benefits to the
residents and provides peace of mind to their loved ones.  Some of these
benefits may include the following:

  • Dining
    plans with many choices of food to ensure that each resident is eating a
    well-balanced healthy meal.
  • Daily
    social and recreational activities to encourage an active social life.
  • Laundry
    and linen services.
  • Assistance
    with eating, bathing, dressing and medication management, ensuring greater
    health and personal hygiene.
  • On-site
    trained staff for medical emergencies.
  • Group
    transportation for shopping and community events, and personal
    transportation for doctor’s appointments.
  • On-site
    medical offices, physical therapists and other medical professionals.

While having a discussion with a parent about moving from the
home may not be easy, promoting the benefits of assisted living can make the
conversation much easier.  Planning ahead and getting them comfortable
with the prospect of moving into such a residence is strongly encouraged,
states J.D.
Davis, a co-founder of Golden Years Living Solutions, which provides a free
service to families searching for senior residences.  He can be reached at
(914) 437-8675 or visit the company’s website for additional information.

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