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Signs Your Aging Parent Might Need Assisted Living

June 6, 2022

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No one knows your parents quite like you do. While they’ve always been your support system, there may come a time when your roles reverse. Recognizing the signs an aging parent needs assisted living or getting them to admit they need additional support can be a challenge.

Seniors want to maintain their independence and sense of control for as long as possible. Downplaying issues and hiding insecurities can often fool you into thinking things are fine. It usually takes an accident or sudden health decline for you to realize they need more help than they are likely asking for.

So what can you do about it? By making yourself aware of the signs an aging parent needs assisted living, you can be better prepared to find a higher level of care when the time comes. When visiting aging family members, be sure to look for the following signs they might be struggling:

  1. Difficulty performing activities of daily living – One of the easiest things to notice is if your family member is struggling with things like dressing, bathing, walking, or eating. If you spend even a few hours together, you might see some signs they are neglecting their hygiene, and it could be a sign they need a higher level of care.
  2. Changes in behavior – If you’re used to your loved one behaving a certain way, it could be a red flag if their mental status changes quickly. Pay attention to things like losing interest in hobbies, difficulty keeping track of time, showing a lack of motivation, or changes in mood or sleep patterns. These behavioral changes could indicate that you need to consider a senior living community.
  3. Changes in physical appearance – If you spend a lot of time with your aging parent, it might be difficult to notice subtle changes in their appearance. But, if you start to notice things like weight loss, unexplained bruising or wounds, poor hygiene or dirty clothing, these could be signs your aging parent needs assisted living.
  4. Neglecting responsibilities – When it comes to signs an aging parents needs assisted living, neglecting responsibilities is a big one. Managing a household can be difficult for aging family members. When you start to notice signs of hoarding, unopened mail, unpaid bills, or spoiled food piling up, it could be signs of a bigger problem.
  5. Changes in memory – Age-related memory decline is typical. Still, when you start to notice frequent forgetfulness, increased confusion, repetitive speech patterns, loss of reasoning or consistently poor judgment, these could be signs your aging parent needs assisted living.

Talking to Your Loved One About Senior Living Communities

When it comes time to have a conversation with your loved one about assisted living, it’s important to approach it carefully. You never want your parents to feel they are losing their independence. Instead, focus on how senior living communities are designed to help seniors stay active and independent for longer.

Autumn Leaves combines the independence and privacy of a home with 24/7 support from a helpful staff. The goal is to make life more manageable, easier and enjoyable with respectful assistance with activities of daily living.

Assisted Living That Feels Like Home at Autumn Leaves in Dallas, TX

From personal grooming, housekeeping and laundry services to medication management, the competent and compassionate Autumn Leaves staff is there when your loved one needs them. Our goal is to provide the highest level of independence, encouraging residents to stay as active as they wish — always with the security of knowing they’ll never have to do it alone, thanks to available assistance with the activities of daily living.

As soon as you notice signs your aging parent might need assisted living care, we encourage you to schedule a tour of our senior living community in Dallas, Texas. Contact us to learn more.

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