4 Signs Your Elderly Parents May Require Assisted Living

The children of baby boomers are facing more issues than ever concerning their aging parents. One demographic study revealed that the number of people over the age of 65 is projected to more than double over the next 30 years and could reach 100 million by the year 2060. If your parents are becoming elderly and you are unsure which step to take next regarding their care, you may want to learn to recognize a few signs that could mean it is time to move them to an assisted living facility.

1.    A Decline in Housekeeping

If your parents always kept a neat house but lately you have noticed that dirty dishes are piling up in the sink and the floors need sweeping and mopping, this may be sign housekeeping chores are starting to overwhelm them. Other signs include unfinished laundry or a general smell of uncleanliness in the home, which may smell musty or like mildew.

Assisted living specialists can come to your parents’ apartment daily or biweekly to help them with housekeeping chores, which may relieve the burden they feel. This can be especially helpful if your parents are experiencing limited mobility or low energy levels that can contribute to a lapse in housekeeping.

2.    New Hidden Bruises

In an effort to remain independent, your aging parents might try to hide falls or other accidents that leave them with bruises. The most common are on the extremities, which they might try to conceal with long sleeves or pants. If you notice your parents wearing long sleeves on hot days, this may be a sign they are trying to hide the injuries from you. However, since this can be an extremely dangerous practice, it is important that you confront them and discuss the possible consequences of a fall.

Arranging a move to an assisted living facility can give you peace of mind that someone will always be there to help your aging parents and reduce the risk of falls, which is one of the major causes of death in the elderly after heart issues and cancer. Falls can also cause broken bones and brain injuries that further reduce mobility and cognition, so being aware of any bruising on your parents can help you understand whether they are having mobility or balance issues that could be remedied with assisted living.

3.    Weight Loss

If your aging parents begin to lose a noticeable amount of weight, it could mean they are no longer able to meet daily nutritional needs on their own. Cooking healthy meals that meet their caloric needs may have become a struggle, especially if they have issues with standing or carrying objects.

If you are concerned about a sudden weight loss in either parent, the first step you can take is to schedule an appointment with their physician to rule out other possible problems, such as cancer. New screening technology developed by experts such as Dr. Harry Stylli can detect many different types of cancer, including non-invasive blood tests. Once these possible issues are ruled out, you can decide which assisted living plan can give your parents access to healthy, nutrient-dense meals.

4.    Forgetfulness With Medication

Your parents’ medication cannot do them much good if they forget to take it, despite your reminders. Certain meds must be taken regularly if they are to work correctly, such as cholesterol and blood pressure drugs. An assisted living caregiver can help ensure that your parents take all prescribed medicines on a regular schedule and keep you informed of any side effects they may be experiencing.

Watching your parents age can be difficult to deal with, especially when you consider all the sacrifices they made to successfully raise a family. However, working with an assisted living facility can help you make the best possible choices when it comes to caring for your mom and dad as they enjoy their golden years.