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Is Your Parent Ready for Assisted Living?

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Is Your Parent Ready for Assisted Living?

By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor

No one wants to move from their home into assisted living. However, in some cases, it is the best option to keep elderly or aging parents safe and healthy.

To determine if an elderly person should move to assisted living, or can safely remain at home, take a good look at the present housing situation, health status and medical needs. Ask yourself these questions:

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Is your parent telling you that he is eating, but you’re seeing food go bad in the refrigerator?

Is your parent falling? To determine the answer, is your parent covering up bruises he or she doesn’t want you to see?

Is your parent wearing the same clothes when you go to visit? Can they bathe themselves, groom adequately and launder clothes?

When you look around the house or yard, is it as neat and clean as it used to be?

Is your aging parent remembering to take medications correctly, with the right dosages and at the right time? Are medications expired?

Related:
Encouraging Parents to Socialize When They Move to Senior Living
How can I get my Parents to Consent to Move to Assisted Living?
How to Convince Your Parent to Move to Assisted Living

How To Tell if Parents Are Ready for Assisted Living originally appeared on AgingCare.com. Visit AgingCare.com for more information on caregiving, senior living, and elder care.

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4:40AM PST on Nov 21, 2011

My mum's living is assisted alright, by ME, and the only reason that's possible is my family and I persuaded her to move house so she was close by instead of a four hour car journey away. We got her to do that when she was getting on a bit but not too disabled to move and it means there are several family members who can lend a hand every day.

12:24AM PDT on Nov 2, 2011

Interesting! Thanks.

5:47PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Something to think about.

9:43AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

if you can take care of your parent, it's best for everyone.

10:58AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Thanks

8:47AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

My Dad's in assisted living, and it's awful. Bottom line- it's a for-profit business. The food is very unhealthy, full of salt and sugar. It's like the worst quality institutional food you may recall from school. The staff is lackadaisical at best, but at their wages, that's what you'd expect. One of the big profit makers is getting the residents signed up for prescription meds that come in bubble packs. If a resident breaks a hip, their room will not be held while they are in recovery because so many seniors die within a few months after a hip break.
About $4,000 a month, and goes up each year, while my Dad's retirement and government entitlements are not adjusted for cost of living increases.

6:19AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

something to consider

10:07PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Don't you look at me!

But if you'd like to come in and scrub my floors, I might let you. I could get more petitions signed.

4:36PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

The transition to assisted living for aging seniors can be difficult, and the decision to make the transition is one that is hard for anyone to make. I admire aging seniors who have the courage to make lifestyle transition voluntarily. Both my father-in-law and my mother have recently made this transition, and I know it was a significant change for both to do so.

3:01PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

I keep reminding my parents that I get to choose their care home

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