Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Are you ready for Assisted Living?

Christiana Care Kicks off Participation in Hom...
Christiana Care Kicks off Participation in Home Care Program (Photo credit: Christiana Care)

By Bob Gregory

Most of us want to be independent and it begins in early childhood and continues to the day we leave this world.  Asking for help is hard for a lot of people but knowing when to ask for help is even harder.  Assessing whether you need to live where someone can assist you with normal activities is key to  a continued healthy and safe life in your senior years.  There are a few simple questions that you should ask yourself and answer very honestly

Ask Yourself these Questions--Answer Honestly!

1)  Has transportation become a problem for you?  Are you having trouble driving or are you afraid to drive? If you take public transportation, has it become difficult to keep the schedules and take correct routes?  Lack of transportation can quicklycause you to become a shut-in and miss the pleasures of shopping, visiting friends and making important appointments.
2) Are you having difficulty maintaining your home?  If you find your bills are not getting paid, repairs are not being made or cleaning has become more of a monumental task than a chore, then you may want to consider alternative living arrangements.  This is especially true if you find yourself seeking help for simple household chores or if you simply don’t want to do them anymore.

3) Do you feel alone or unsafe?  If your mobility has decreased, whether driving or walking, you can easily become isolated from friends and family.  Living alone always raises safety issues. Safety does not necessarily mean from crime, it also encompasses falling, injuries or becoming ill with no one to help or check on you.

4) Finally, do you depend on others frequently for help?  If you find you are always asking for help with transportation, household chores or more personal items, it may be time to seek a place where you are not dependent on the help of family and friends.

There are many other signs and questions you should ask yourself, but these four questions tend to indicate a need for an Assisted Living Facility.  You should discuss the answers to these questions with your family and certainly with your physician.  There are other alternatives to Assisted Living Facilities such as Adult Day Care and In-Home Care.

Bob Gregory is an advocate for Seniors and is one of the founders of At, we are dedicated to helping families get the Elder Care help they need without having to provide their personal information! If find you need an assisted living facility or other type of senior facility, please consider

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Signs that tell you when it time to get help for your aging parent

By Bob Gregory

The Sandwich Generation
The Sandwich Generation (Photo credit: MediaStorm)
Do you have aging parents who are entering a stage of life where they may need some extra help? How do you know when it’s time to step in and provide that needed assistance that most elderly parents don’t want to admit they need.  At Nursing Home Facility Finder and Senior Facility finder, we want you to know that this is not unique to you and that you are not alone in your plight.

If you're in this situation you may be wondering how I can tell if my aging parent/s needs help, additional care or possibly need more dedicated care like that provided by an assisted living facility.  Here are  the signs that your aging parent needs additional care such as an assisted living facility or even a nursing home?

Four Signs to Look for

·         If your parent becomes easily confused or disoriented during normal conversation or doing mundane tasks
·        If they are having a hard time walking short distances or you are aware they are falling frequently
·        If their personal hygiene is no longer proper and you notice they are not bathing or wearing clothes which have not been laundered or if they seem to wear the same outfit all the time
·        If they tell you that they are eating properly but they are losing weight and you find uneaten meals in their refrigerator or learn that groceries are not being purchased on a regular basis

These common signs do not always mean your parent needs an assisted living facility or a nursing home.  But you may want to have them assessed by a physician to see if additional care is justified.  Some of these signs can indicate other illnesses, including depression.  Also, if you are successful in getting your parent to agree to an assessment, ask permission to be part of the discussion with the physician so nothing is lost in the passing of information and you get an opportunity to ask candid questions! 

If you find your parent needs an assisted living facility or other type of senior facility, please consider visiting  Nursing Home Facility Finder or Senior Facility Finder where you will never be asked for personal information to search for a list of senior facilities in Florida that meet your needs. 

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