As we continue with this series of navigating the conversation of senior living options with your loved ones, below are questions that may help determine if your loved one is safe to continue living at home.
Does your relative state that he/she is lonely or depressed?
Is your relative able to attend community activities?
Is your relative able to visit with friends?
Health And Safety Concerns
Would your home require modifications to provide an adequate environment for your relative, such as an accessible bathroom?
Would you need to modify your home to make it a safe environment?
Does your relative require nursing services that are too difficult or demanding for you physically, such as turning or lifting?
Is your relative likely to wander away if left alone?
Does your relative create safety hazards for others in the family because of forgetfulness or carelessness?
Does your relative forget to take medications?
Time and Energy
Does your relative need someone to care for him or her at all times?
Must clothing or bed linens be changed and laundered too frequently to keep up?
Do you have responsibilities for care of other family members, that result in split loyalties or emo-tional overload?
Does your relative interfere with running the household?
Has the loss of privacy become a problem for the adult members of the household?
Is there excessive conflict with younger adults and teenagers because of this family member?
More than one yes in each category would strongly indicate the need to begin considering the potential for additional assistance, such as personal care, assisted living or nursing home placement, in-home help, or other 24 hour care options.
There are some tough decisions to be made, know that you are not alone in this journey. Feel free to contact us with your own questions prior to beginning discussions with your loved one.
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