As parents age, we naturally become concerned about their home safety. At some point, the senior(s) you love may need to move to assisted living care. But how do you know when it’s time to consider such a step? Let our Omaha senior care experts help you make a wise decision about assisted living for your loved one.
How You Got Here: Safety Steps for Senior Care
Over the years, you may have made improvements or accommodations at your loved one’s home to help them stay safe. These include things like grab bars in the bathroom, accessibility ramps for the front porch and more. You may have also arranged for senior home care assistance, or provided it yourself, so your senior could live independently, or reside in your home. Now, you may be worried that these home safety upgrades and part-time senior care are no longer enough to keep your elderly loved one safe. Retirement home living may be the next step in keeping mom safe and improving her quality of life.
When Should We Consider Moving Mom to Assisted Living?
If you notice the following signs, your elderly mother may need more senior care at home–or it may be time to move to an assisted senior care facility. Signs of unsafe home living conditions for your senior parent or loved one include:
- Missed meals, or weight loss not otherwise explained.
- Unkempt appearance.
- Suffering falls or accidents.
- Wandering, getting lost or forgetting medications.
- Seeming out of touch or becoming isolated.*
*Seniors who spend most of their time alone can become depressed, which affects their physical health and longevity. Seniors with limited awareness, inability to follow instructions, or those diagnosed with dementia may be unable to call for help, or evacuate their home, in an emergency.
Understanding Your Options for Senior Assisted Living
If you think it may be time for an assisted or supervised senior living arrangement, our expert team provides elder care resources that help with your decision. If assisted living is needed, we can help you find senior living facilities that match your needs. We can also help you understand financing and senior care benefits.
When you need help with senior care, A Place At Home Omaha offers you no-charge help understanding all your senior care options, including assisted living. Reach out to our senior living advisors at A Place At Home for free assistance. Contact us today.