Assisted Living – Having the Conversation

Assisted Living – Having The Conversation
If your parent is experiencing the early stages of dementia, there may be other concerning behaviors. These could include behaviour such as aggression, irritability, confusion, and wandering. It's important to keep an eye out for any changes in their cognitive function or behavior. You want to ensure that your loved ones are safe, healthy and comfortable in their living situation.

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Making the decision to move an elderly parent or parents into assisted living can be an emotional experience for everyone involved. Feelings of anxiety and guilt are common. However, it’s important to keep in mind that safety and comfort are the top priorities.

Living alone can pose many risks for seniors, especially if they have medical conditions or mobility issues. Family members may not have the time or resources to provide proper care and support. This can often lead to feelings of stress and burnout.

Assisted living facilities offer a safe and supportive environment for seniors. This is more so for seniors who need additional assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and medication management. These facilities are designed to provide personalized care plans based on each resident’s unique needs and preferences.

The decision to move a loved one to assisted living may be difficult. However, it’s important to remember that this transition can provide many benefits for both the senior and their family. Seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life and greater social interaction. Family members can have peace of mind knowing their loved one is receiving the care they need.

It’s important to involve your elderly parent or parents in the decision-making process as much as possible. Be sure to discuss their concerns and preferences, and tour potential facilities together to find the best fit.

In this first of 3 blogs, we look at the signs to look out for and initial considerations when looking to make the move for your elderly loved one into a care facility.

Looking for the Signs

As your parents age, you may start noticing signs that it’s time for them to consider assisted living. These signs can be subtle or obvious, but it’s important to be aware of them. One sign is having difficulty with daily tasks like personal hygiene, dressing, eating balanced meals, staying hydrated, and taking medication. Reduced mobility can also increase the risk of falling or getting injured, which is another cause for concern.

If your parent is experiencing the early stages of dementia, there may be other concerning behaviors. These could include behaviour such as aggression, irritability, confusion, and wandering. It’s important to keep an eye out for any changes in their cognitive function or behavior. You want to ensure that your loved ones are safe, healthy and comfortable in their living situation.

As their child, it can be difficult to address the topic of assisted living. However, having an open conversation with them is key. You can discuss the benefits of assisted living. Highlight benefits such as access to 24/7 care, socialization with other residents, and a safe living environment. It’s important to consider their feelings and address any concerns they may have about losing their independence. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure their safety, health, and happiness in their golden years.

Consider the Care Giver

When considering whether to move your elderly parent to an assisted living facility, it’s important to remember that the decision shouldn’t be based solely on their increasing needs. It’s also essential to take into account the emotional and physical toll that caregiving can have on you or other family members who may be providing care. As your parent’s condition worsens, it can become overwhelming and exhausting to manage their care on your own.

If you find yourself feeling isolated, stressed, or resentful, it may be time to consider a change of living arrangements for your loved one. Assisted living facilities offer specialized care and services. These can help alleviate the stress of caregiving, while also providing a safe and comfortable environment for your parent.

Making the decision to move your parent to an assisted living facility can be a difficult and emotional one. However, it’s important to remember that prioritizing their safety and wellbeing, as well as your own, is crucial. By exploring the options available and finding the right assisted living facility, you can ensure that your parent receives the care and support they need while also easing the stress and strain on yourself and your family.

Going Forward…

Essenwood Residential Home provides a welcoming environment for retirees, with amenities that ensure they feel at ease. Our retirement facilities are spacious and equipped with modern medical & care technology. This ensures that your loved one’s personal and medical needs are met. Our team of professionals provides exceptional care for our residents. This gives families the peace of mind that their loved one is in good hands.

Our aim is to create a comfortable and safe environment that allows residents to enjoy their golden years. With a wide range of social activities, residents can easily engage in hobbies and interests, and meet new people. At Essenwood, we prioritize the well-being and happiness of our residents. Get in touch with us to arrange a tour…

In our next blog, we’ll carry on the conversation about moving into a care facility. We’ll look at when to start the conversation, and issues around the big move.

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