Perhaps one of the most difficult things families have to face is caring for their aging parents or grandparents. Most families prefer having the elders close to them, which makes accepting their inability to provide optimal care hard. There are situations where the best option is a nursing home.
This is a sensitive topic, and making the decision can cause grief to the family. Older family members may feel that they are still able and independent. However, their bodies seem to go against their will.
When should families consider assisted living?
There is actually no definite answer to the question of when. Aging is different for every person. Resources and capability to share the work in providing care for their loved one also vary from family to family. To know the right time for skilled nursing care, weigh the circumstances by considering the following.
Is the home still a safe place?
An independent elder may still function properly, but old age creates safety concerns. Domestic accidents are not unusual for the elderly. Although they still feel confident about moving in familiar spaces, this confidence may cause a slip in the tub or a fall down some steps.
When the sharpness of the mind is replaced by forgetfulness, a lit stove or unlocked doors can bring even more problems. The issue now is, will you always be around to assist them or extend a helping hand? Why not check the website of trusted facilities to learn about their safety features?
Are they coping with nutrition and medication?
Suppose your loved ones live alone. Their mobility and mood can affect their diet and health. Are they still able and willing to get groceries or refills for the medication? Are you always available to do errands for them? A commitment to preparing meals and getting their medication is needed to ensure that they are healthy.
Do personality changes affect relationships?
There are many reasons for personality changes. With long life comes the difficulty of physical decline. It could be dementia or irritability because of pain. Sometimes, elders feel depressed due to isolation and the inability to relate to busy family members. Some may feel that their lives are no longer meaningful. Family carers may take the brunt of outbursts or experience other emotionally challenging situations.
Are there struggles with personal hygiene?
Perhaps a change in attitude may also affect hygiene. Or pain or challenges in mobility can hinder someone from taking care of themselves. Professional care is needed when hygiene becomes a problem, especially for those suffering from incontinence or those who find it tough to go to the bathroom.
Is medical assistance accessible?
With aging comes the weakening of the body, and sickness is inevitable. With assisted living services, the staff will ensure that schedules are followed and that medication is administered. Aside from this, accessibility to hospitals and doctors is easier.
Someone at your home must be dedicated enough to achieve this level of care, consistency, and coordination. A nursing home is your best option if you cannot deliver this.
The Final Note
After you have pondered these, the answer should be geared toward the well-being of your loved one. It is a challenging decision to make and, for the elders, hard to accept. It is a reality, though, that they may now be at a point when professional care is needed. Inside a nursing home, you can be sure all their needs are met.