Family caregivers make promises they will care for senior loved ones at home.
Caregivers know they want to age in place and live the rest of their years in the home of their dreams.
Sometimes this desire or dream turns into an unachievable reality, as their personal health needs and safety become more than family caregivers can provide.
Caregivers want what is best for their senior loved ones and sometimes this may mean not following their wishes to stay at home.
How will you know when this line is crossed and seniors shouldn’t be living alone anymore?
Signs A Change Should Come
There are clues family caregivers can observe in their senior loved one that will indicate there may need to be a change for their well-being.
Here are a few signs that should point you to investigate further:
- Poor hygiene, lack of showering, wearing same clothes for days
- Spoiled food in refrigerator and pantry
- Missing appointments
- Unpaid bills, inability to balance their checkbook
- Clutter in house that makes it unsafe
- Balance difficulty; increasing falls
- Weight loss
- Mood changes
- Medication administration problems; missing doses; taking wrong amount or at the wrong time
- Driving problems; tickets, accidents, car damage
Exhibiting these signs does not automatically mean it is time to load up the car and move to a senior living facility. There are often options for interventions family caregivers can put into practice to allow them to stay home a little longer.
Home care, sitters, companions, and technology are strategies that can be employed in the home to meet their needs for health and safety.
But planning for the next step should begin in order to be ready should it be best for your senior.
- Where would they want to go?
- Is there a facility near family?
- Have you begun visiting any locations?
- Is there money budgeted or benefits available to pay the fees?
Planning is important and these warning signs should yield further action for the future.
Knowing if and when it is time to transition your senior loved one, whether in the home or in a facility, is one of many concerns for family caregivers.
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