Getting Help From Trained Nursing Professionals

Do you remember where you were when you realized you needed almost constant medical help? Life becomes less fun and less fulfilling sometimes when you struggle with ongoing medical problems, which is why nursing homes and assisted living facilities are such a valuable resource. I started focusing on finding great new places that could help me out, and I narrowed down the search quickly to include a business that was near to my home. After I moved in, I could tell that a tremendous burden had been lifted, and it was a really nice feeling. Check out this blog for more information.

3 Signs Your Elderly Parent Needs Assisted Living


Age is a part of life. While unavoidable, you can make the aging process less physically and emotionally overwhelming. Unfortunately, most people are not prepared to care for themselves as they become older, which leaves their children and other close family members in roles as caregivers. Considering an estimated 65 million people become caregivers for a sick, disabled, or aging parent, you may also join this large portion of individuals. You and your elderly parent will face challenges at times, so learning when and if you require professional help is smart. If you and your parent are experiencing the following, it is time to consider assisted living.

You Are Physically, Emotionally, and Financially Drained

If you are like most people, you will feel responsible for providing care for your aging parent. You may be constantly on the go, juggling work and your own family all while taking care of your parent. This will leave you exhausted, decreasing your ability to sleep at night and focus during the day.

Caring for your elderly parent can also wreak havoc on your emotional health. You may be feeling a great deal of stress and anxiety. In many instances, your new role may have you feeling alone and depressed.

Lastly, being a caregiver can be financially-draining. You may not have the time to work as much as you need to, which can affect your income.  In addition, your parent may require medical care that you will be financially responsible for.

If you are experiencing the constant physical, emotional, and financial burden, consider an assisted living facility for your parent. While there is a cost, this professional care and supervision will be a smart investment.

Your Parent's Health Is at Risk

Even though you may try to care for your parent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you cannot supervise them around the clock for long. This is normal and nothing you should be ashamed about, but hiring professional help can protect your elderly parent.

While surprising to learn, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in older individuals. Falls may be common, but you should not have to worry about your elderly parent slipping, falling, and suffering with an injury while you are away.

Your elderly parent's health may also be at risk if they are unable to take their medications. Not only do many older individuals forget to take important medications, but they also take the wrong dosage. In some instances, failure to take the correct medication at the correct time can be life-threatening.

Cooking, cleaning, and completing other simple tasks around the house may also pose danger to your parent. They may feel they are able to complete these tasks, but certain conditions and medications can cause them to hurt themselves.

Assisted living will ensure your parent is properly cared for and supervised, reducing any worry that they may be endangering themselves.

Your Parent Is Depressed

Everyone experiences some melancholy at times, but an elderly parent who is no longer independent may develop a more serious form of depression that should concern you and the rest of your family. If your parent is exhibiting the following signs, they most likely have depression:

  • Irritability
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Increased pain and discomfort
  • Loss of interests
  • Withdrawal from socialization

Most elderly people with depression can manage their symptoms with medication. However, depression can greatly affect your parent's quality of life.

Elderly individuals who spend time in an assisted living facility will be able to enjoy hobbies, activities, and social interactions in a safe environment.

Caring for your parent will be difficult, but you can make this new role a bit easier. If you and your elderly parent are experiencing these issues, be sure to consult their doctor to determine if professional care is the right option.


9 August 2017