When to Consider Senior Living Options
The holiday season was a heartwarming time to spend quality time with family and friends. While sharing a festive meal, opening presents, and creating new memories, you may have noticed some things that cause concern about an aging loved one. If you’ve been up at night, worrying about the safety and independence of your parent, grandparent, or family member, exploring senior living options may give you the peace of mind you need.
If you find yourself in the “sandwich generation,” you aren't alone. According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, the sandwich generation are adults who have a parent aged 65 or older and are either raising a child younger than 18 or financially supporting an adult child. Americans in their 40s are most likely to be part of this group, comprising more than 50%. Between caring for your kids, you are concerned about your parent living alone. There is a solution.
Empower yourself by finding out more about senior living options that can ensure your loved one's happiness and safety. Knowing the signs to be aware of in your loved one’s life will help you know when senior living may make the next step:
Memory concerns arise: When a loved one struggles to remember or has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, specialized assistance from a memory care community can make all the difference in their quality of life and safety.
Isolation: Nearly half of adults over the age of 60 are at risk of social isolation. Seniors can face challenges in social engagement due to health issues, lack of transportation, and depression.
Changes in their health: Chronic illnesses, falls, accidents or a newly diagnosed medical issue can indicate that your loved one will need more help. Learning more about senior solutions now is better than having to do so during a medical crisis.
Personal care slips: If your loved one has always dressed impeccably but seems to be letting things like personal hygiene slip, they may be struggling to take care of themselves. Depression is another reason for a decline in personal self-care.
CarePatrol can help you navigate the senior living space and help you find the right community for your loved one. Our three step process clears any confusion. We ask the right questions about your loved one's emotional and physical needs and match you with the top communities that fit those requirements, based on our rigorous vetting process. CarePatrol will take you on a personal tour of each location to get a first-hand feel for what each has to offer. You won’t be alone in making the decision, as we are here with guidance and will even help make move-in day much less stressful. There is no cost to families, so contact us today to learn more.