It can be a difficult decision to move your loved one out of a current home into an residential assisted living home. There are a number of warning signs to look out for when making that tough decision.
How can you feel more secure that your loved one should no longer be living alone? Although every situation is different, here are some signs that will give you valuable information to help make the decision.
Certain situations make it very clear that it's wise to start thinking about residential assisted living.Look for:
- Recent falls. Did your loved one fall, or get in an accident either inside or outside of the house? Of course accidents do happen, but as people get older, the probability rises of the same thing happening again.
- Slow recovery. How fast or slow did the adult senior you're caring for recover from there injury or illness,
- Chronic health condition. Did the injury or sickens cause your loved one to decrease or increase. Progressive problems such as dementia, congestive heart failure and hip replacements can decline slowly or sharply, but whichever way, means your loved one will increasingly need help.
- Difficulty managing the activities of daily living (ADLs). Activities of daily living are the skills needed to live by yourself — dressing, food preparation, laundry and taking own medication. Doctors, social workers, therapists and other geriatric experts evaluate them as part of practical assessment to determine the level of care that is going to need. Also before you move into a residential assisted living home, a trained staff, such as an RN or CNA will do a company assessment to make sure that your loved one is a good fit.
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