Signs that It Is Time for a Parent to Consider Moving to Assisted Living

11elderlymotherIt hurts when you realize your aging parent is having problems functioning, whether it’s physically or mentally. You may discover this in a phone call, when she can’t follow the conversation or she asks the same question over and over. It might be a letter from a neighbor or a phone call from a relative. It hurts even more when you live out of state and have a roster of your own responsibilities.

Here is a look at how to spot problems, and how to deal with the actual transition to assisted living.

Signs That It Is Time for a Change

One of the most obvious signs is if your parent is falling. Increased fragility is evident when your parent ends up with bumps and bruises, even broken bones.

Sometimes the signs are more subtle, but indicate that she is having trouble handling daily chores and responsibilities by herself and not taking care of day-to-day tasks. You may notice that bathing is no longer a daily affair, that prepared foods replace a home-cooked dinner, or that the home is not kept as tidy as before.

Often the firstsign that shows up is mental confusion, like having difficulty navigating. She might get lost on a walk in her own neighborhood, have a fender bender, or have difficulty finding things around the house.

If your parent isn’t taking care of her grooming, if her hair is uncombed and she isn’t bathing regularly, it is a sign that more consistent prompting may be necessary in order for her to accomplish these tasks. This may be accomplished by having a caregiver such as a companion or home health aide assist her in the home.

However staying in your own home is not always the best solution. Four walls, a caregiver, the television, day in, day out may not provide sufficient social stimulation, and may accelerate decline. Isolation is always a cause for concern. If your parent has stopped getting together with friends, living in the supportive and social atmosphere of an independent or assisted living facility could be a blessing.

Making the Transition

It can be heartbreaking to live hundreds of miles away when your parent is going through this type of change. But if your parent is having problems functioning on her own, you can use the services of a transition care management team to help in the move from home to assisted living.

They are especially helpful if you live out of the area. A team made up of professionals including nurses, social workers, and Life Care Planning advisers can make the move in a caring, safe and efficient way.

A Transition Care Manager oversees the entire move, including establishing a budget, finding the best facility,  packing up possessions, and helping her make the adjustment to her new surroundings after the move. Your dedicated Transition Care Manager has years of experience facilitating this major transition, compassionately considering the specific needs of each client.  The Transition Care Manager will help you to plan and coordinate every detail, and stay in constant touch with you during the entire move.

Even if you can’t be there on a day-to-day basis, the Transition Care Manager will help you create and execute a transition care plan, and keep you fully informed about the progress. Using a professional transition care management team can make an emotional move much easier.

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