Most of us see our parents as our rock and refuge from the storms that life brings our way. However, when they get older, the roles will reverse. It’s up to us to take care of our parents the way they’ve always cared for us.
The aging process can be cruel, especially to those who are losing the ability to live on their own. How does one know if his or her parents require a little extra help to maintain their freedom? One thing is for sure: The idea probably won’t come from them. Most seniors refuse to feel like a burden to their children, and would rather not admit that they have a hard time accomplishing daily tasks.
With that in mind, here are a few ways to tell if your parents are in need of senior care.
Sometimes all it takes is a traumatic event to urge aging individuals to consider assisted living. Suffering from a heart attack or a stroke make seniors understand that it is impossible for them to live alone. People with lung conditions will have a hard time accomplishing daily tasks on their own. Those with cancer will also find it difficult to live without assistance. If your parent suffers from any of these conditions, they almost certainly need some extra assistance – whether they are too stubborn to admit it or not.
Inability to Perform Daily Tasks
The inability to perform simple tasks or activities of daily living should be another consideration. These tasks include bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, walking, and eating. Look closely and you should be able to see the signs that this is occurring.
One might notice burn marks on a parent’s skin, from having trouble with cooking or ironing. Your parent may exhibit bruises due to mobility problems. A home’s interior will look shabby or unkempt, due to lack of maintenance. Parents may exhibit lack of proper hygiene or grooming, or look gaunt and stressed. And their inability to thrive on their own will likely cause them to seem frustrated and withdrawn.
Sometimes, just a few hours a week to provide a hand around the house is enough to keep seniors in their homes. Seniors Helping Seniors is just one of the many senior care agencies that can provide this kind of help.
Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia
Dementia is a mental condition that progresses quite slowly. Many patients are not diagnosed until the later stages. This is why it’s important to have one’s parents checked by a physician regularly, especially if they are genetically predisposed to dementia.
The symptoms of dementia can be hard to spot. Usually a person may seem more confused and forgetful. They might fail to recognize neighbors who have lived near them for decades and acquaintances that they see daily. They will start losing things like car keys and may even forget to pay their bills. These subtle changes should be noted, as these are early warning signs of dementia and should never be ignored.
If you see any of the signs listed above, and believe your parent needs senior care, be sure to discuss the issue with him or her before searching for options. It is important to allow them the dignity to choose what option is right for them. It would also be best if they decided that they truly require assistance, instead of being forced to receive help.
The best way to go about this would be to talk with them first and then seek out an experienced senior care specialist who can help them pick an option that will suit their condition best.Read More