5 Signs Your Parent is Ready for a Senior Living Community

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Posted: March 8, 2019

It can be hard for adults to admit we need help, though as we continue to age, we often need much more of it. In conjunction with a reluctance to seek assistance, it may also be difficult for adult children to see their parents’ health and mobility decline. Sometimes the warning signs that a parent needs extra help go unnoticed (or they’re ignored).

Whether you’ve observed them getting lost or confused, or they’ve been rapidly losing weight, there are a number of red flags that can indicate it’s time to explore other living options for your aging parent. Take note if you’ve seen any of the following signs:

  1. Needing Extra Care: Whether your loved one has gone through a sudden health crisis or regularly fails to take medications as prescribed, around-the-clock care could be a solution to ensure they don’t put their health at further risk.
  2. Concerns About Home Safety: Slippery bathroom floors and even rugs can be tripping hazards. There are a number of seemingly innocuous things that could make your parent increasingly unsafe in their own home.
  3. Forgetfulness: Do you feel the need to check up on your loved one to ensure they are attending scheduled appointments? Eating dinner? If forgetfulness is not a characteristic your parent has always had, these could be signs that they need more attentive care.
  4. Loneliness: As health declines and the ability to drive wanes, many seniors begin to feel depressed and isolated as they miss out on social activities. If you’ve noticed that your once engaged parent seems increasingly reclusive, it might be time for a change of scenery.
  5. Increased Caregiver Stress: When you’re caring for a loved one at home, the added stress of their decline can take a toll on your own mental wellbeing. For peace of mind, it’s important to consider the idea that your parent may need more help than you are able to give.​

​​​​​​Gain Peace of Mind Through Assisted Living

Leaving home doesn’t have to mean a loss of independence. If you’ve recognized any of these red flags, a modern assisted living and memory care community can help your parent live their best life while receiving the care they deserve. Exploring options for assisted living can make your relationship with a loved one stronger by allowing your time together to be less stressful and more enjoyable. Reach out to Cappella of Grand Junction today to discuss our senior living options.

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