There will come a time when your role with your parent could become reversed and you will be the caregiver. As Mom or Dad get older, they may not be able to be as independent as they used to be. This is the point in life when you will need to make some important decisions. One of the most difficult choices you will have to make will be about living arrangements. If your aging parent can no longer live alone, you need to think about the next step.
Signs Your Parent Shouldn’t Live Alone
There are many signs that suggest your aging parent should no longer live independently.
- Falls – If there have been too many falls that have caused injuries for your parent, it may be too difficult to navigate his or her home any longer.
- Forgetting to take medication – If your aging parent is having difficulty with remembering to take their medication, basic self-care skills, household chores, and meal preparation, it could mean it is time for a change.
If your parent is confused, struggling with memory problems and often has fall accidents, living alone could be dangerous. It’s time to think about a new residence — either living with you or in an assisted living community.
How to Make the Transition Easy
Have an honest and open discussion with your parent about the move. There shouldn’t be any surprises. Express your concern for your parent’s safety and welfare. It’s important to make this decision out of love and concern for your mother or father. Talk about options together, whether your parent is coming with you or moving into an assisted living community. Be sure to include personal belongings that are meaningful to your parent. You want your parent to feel at home anywhere that he or she goes.
Can Assisted Living be a Good Option?
As you consider your home for your aging parent, you need to be realistic. Some things to consider:
- Is your home accommodating for your parent?
- Are you going to be able to provide the care and supervision your parent needs?
- Do you have a good relationship that will help you to get along well together in the same living space?
If you answered no to any of those questions, assisted living may be the best solution for your parent. Assisted living will provide your parent with round the clock supervision from compassionate professionals. Your parent will also be surrounded by others in a community. Turn to the Arbors Assisted Living to learn more about how we can help your loved one to make this transition in life go smoothly.