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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