Everyone says you’re doing an amazing job of helping an older adult you really care about. You visit regularly, bringing along treats, books, music, movies, maybe even the occasional adorable pet or grandchild. And, you do it all with love and good cheer.
But, are there days when you don’t really feel all that amazing or cheerful? Did your last checkup show more signs of “wear and tear” than usual?
Can you keep up with a loved one’s needs?
Chances are that gradually — perhaps without you even noticing it — the needs of that person you care so much about have been increasing.
According to U.S. News & World Report Health, a less than perfect check-up for you is just one of the signs that it’s time to start thinking about assisted living for your loved one. Ask yourself if you’re able to keep up with their daily activities like bathing, dressing, using the bathroom, and cooking and eating. And, on an even more serious note: What about managing their medications? Is this something you can still do in a safe and knowledgeable way?
Along with assessing your own health and the time needed to assist a loved one, it’s also wise to study your loved one’s social connections. You may find clues that it’s time to seek Assisted Living for them. Ask yourself:
- Do they still get together for lunches or outings with friends, visit with neighbors, or participate in religious activities?
- Have they abandoned a hobby or group membership?
- How often do they really get out of the house? Can they still drive? Are they intimidated by public transportation?
- Have you helped establish a “worst-case scenario” plan … and do they fully understand what to do in case of a fire, storm or other crisis?
Ask the important questions
According to a recent president of the Aging Life Care Association, it’s also time to ask retirement communities some questions: What levels of care do you offer? Are rooms fully accessible if a wheelchair is ever needed? And, if there are memory issues now or later, does the community provide specialized programs?
Taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your loved one. If the needs of your loved one have increased, consider your own health as well as the care and comfort of your loved one and look into Assisted Living as a smart alternative.
At Simpson Meadows, we understand the needs of older adults. Please give us a call; we’d love to help with any concerns you may have, including our superb Assisted Living and Memory Care programs. Call 484-364-3125 or contact us today.