Having a loved one age can be hard. Many people believe that they will be able to care for their parents and loved ones as they near the end of life. However, in some cases it is just not reasonable or plausible for a family to be able to care for the complex needs of the aging individual. This is why it is important that family members recognize when it is time for an assisted living center to care for their loved one. Here are some things you should watch for.
1. Your Loved One Has A Hard Time Being Alone For A Short Period Of Time
If your loved one is able to take care of themselves for an hour or so while you run out to do errands, you may still be fine. However, some people aren't able to spend 15 minutes on their own. For instance, if you need to pick up a child from school, and you can't trust that your elderly loved one won't need to go to the bathroom, or won't try to get up on their own, you may have a problem.
If they need constant help doing things like going to the restroom, changing their clothes, or getting a simple snack, it may be time for an assisted living center, such as Brooke View.
2. Your Loved One Is Having Emotional and Volatile Outbursts
Unfortunately, some elderly people have personality changes as they age. Someone who may have been a mild mannered, sweet and soft-spoken individual has now become mean, critical and aggressive. It is not uncommon for these individuals to become physically violent towards their caregivers. This is why it is so important that you think first about the safety of those in your home.
If your loved one has become paranoid, aggressive or mean, it may be time for an assisted living center. They have the proper staff to be able to handle these outbursts.
3. Your Loved One Is Wandering
As your loved one ages you might notice that they become like a little child again. They easily get lost, don't know where there were going, or can even forget who they are. The problem is that they don't have the body of a child. They may look like a fully functioning adult. This means that they can get in a car and drive, get on a bus and so much more. In order to keep your loved one safe, it is important that you have them in a facility that can keep constant care of them and that has the proper security.
These are just a couple signs that it is time for an assisted living facility.