Choosing when to put a loved one in assisted living can be a difficult decision. Like most moral issues, there is no definite answer to this question. The best we can do is look at some of the situations in which it may be a good idea to begin the transition from living at home to an assisted living environment.
If your loved one is fine on their own, the best course of action is to allow them to continue living alone and visit them often. If they are able to move around easily and don't forget things often such as their medication, assisted living may not be for them.
Here are some situations where assisted living might be a good choice:
Aggression and Agitation
If they are starting to react to situations violently you may want to move them to assisted living. It is also important to attempt to talk with them about why they feel like they need to react with violence, whether it be verbal, or physical violence.
Confusion and Wandering
A common thing that comes as people age is forgetting things. Whether it be simply forgetting their pills or something more serious like forgetting where they are. Wandering is dangerous because it leads to a higher chance of getting hurt. Wandering occurs frequently in people who are in the later stages of their dementia. Wandering is easily prevented by the person being in assisted living, due to the fact that
Sometimes, it is as simple as the fact that it is no longer safe for your loved one to be staying alone by themselves. Perhaps they have trouble getting up the stairs, walking around the house, doing basic tasks, etc. Sometimes, it is possible to make accommodations for them to make their house more safe, however if it is not possible then it may become dangerous for them to be alone. This is a good time to put them into assisted living.
Depression or Loneliness
If you notice that they are beginning to become sad or make comments of loneliness, it is a very good ideas to put them in an assisted living program. They will be around other people their age in the assisted living area and be able to socialize when they might not have been able to otherwise.
The thing to take away from this is that sometimes it can be hard to tell if it is the right time to make the transition from living alone to an assisted living program. If they are having accidents, frequently forgetting things, or beginning to have increasing medical issues. It is very important to move them to a more safe and more friendly environment where they can get the assistance they need. You may find that they will not want to go into a program, they may infact be nervous about assisted living. Explain to them why assisted living would be safer and better because they would get to live with help from another person. Assure them that just because they are moving, doesn't mean the will stop seeing their family, and that it will actually open up more opportunities for them. It is also important to do your research on which assisted living program is best for them. After all, we want nothing but the best for our loved ones.
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