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:
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?
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.