There comes a point in life when you have to make that big decision of whether your aging loved one needs the support of an assisted living facility.
It can be a tough decision but you need to weigh all the factors carefully. You have probably looked after your loved one to the best of your ability but there may be various reasons that you are no longer able to give them the support that they need.
This becomes a big cause for concern if your senior is living alone all the time or part of the time. This could be due to the fact that you live abroad or in another city. It could be because you have a job that keeps you occupied for long hours and this may mean leaving your elderly alone for long periods. Moving them to a place where they will be well looked after all the time is safe for them and will ease your fears.
Worsening health problems
However well you look after your elderly, there may come a time when they need more attention than you are able to provide. Age weakens the immune system and the aged fall sick more often and need constant medical attention. Certain medical conditions need full time medical management. If it is difficult to provide this kind of care at home, an assisted living facility may be the wisest decision.
Hard to cope with medical conditions
Some chronic or terminal illnesses like Parkinson’s may need more care than what a family member can provide. In time, your elder may find it difficult to do even small self help activities. Many people get full time caregivers who have nursing experience to manage their elder’s care at home. If that isn’t possible, making them comfortable in a space where their everyday needs are met may be the best decision for them.
There may be certain personal reasons for not being able to provide the care that your elder needs. You may be getting on in years and may be unable to look after your aging parents. Other responsibilities that take up your time may hinder you from providing the increasing care that they need. Placing them in a care facility may actually allow them to get the help and care that they need.
It is important to remember that you are making the wise decision for your elder when considering an assisted care facility. Many people feel guilty when placing their loved one in a care facility. But, remember that you will be taking care of them if you could. You are moving them to an assisted care facility because it is the best solution for them.