Determining When a Loved One Requires Assisted Care
Chuck Bongiovanni, MSW, MBA, CSA
Suggesting moving into an assisted living to an aging parent, family member or even your spouse can be a very stressful and difficult thing to do. In some cases, medical situations makes the transition into an assisted care community necessary such as a heart attack, stroke or Alzheimer’s Disease. No matter what the situation is it can be very challenging to know when the timing is right to make the move or even bring it up.
Your loved one may need the highest levels of care that assisted living can offer if they need assistance in most of their ADL’s or activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, feeding, showering, grooming and tolieting.
Vision and hearing loss could also be reasons to look into a safer environment like assisted living or independent living with some supervisory assistance. Depression is another situation which may require increase socialization such as in the case of a death of a spouse.
Safety is the key factor in determining the need for senior housing. If your loved one has a history or has been falling lately a higher level of care is highly recommended. Confusion is another factor to seriously consider a supervised living environment. Alzheimer’s and Dementia are devastating diseases which make seniors extremely unsafe living alone.
Searching for care alone can be an emotional process if you do not know where to start or who to call for assistance. The best thing to do when determining the need for assisted living, independent living and memory is to give the professionals at CarePatrol a call. Our Senior Care Advisors are nationally certified in senior care issues and can be a tremendous help in this difficult and confusing time. Our advisors can assess the individual needs of your loved one and “match” them to care options near you that fit your budget. Our advisors also pre-screen and preview the care and violation record of every care option in our network. Call us at +1 877-654-0344 or complete our online form to have one of our advisors give you a quick call. Did we forget to mention that we are a free service also?