Moving a loved one into assisted living is never an easy decision to make. Oftentimes, the move needs to happen due to an escalating disease or increased difficulty moving through the home. Here are some signs that it may be time to consider assisted living:
- Aggression – If your loved one is easier to upset than before and responds with physical or verbal violence, it may be time for an assisted living facility. This is common in those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
- Home safety – If your loved one is no longer able to use the stairs and is likely to fall, the home may no longer be the safest place.
- Greater care needs – Your loved one may be too heavy for you to assist alone during certain care routines. Know your limitations as well as what your family member needs.
- Stress – If you are the primary caretaker, you may be more and more stressed as the days go on. Be sure you are caring for yourself, too.
Pay Attention to Yourself
If you find yourself becoming more stressed out or panicked about potential emergencies because of your loved one, be sure that you are taking good care of yourself. Be honest about your limitations. If your loved one needs more than you can give, do your best to come to terms with this and begin discussing options.