It’s something that we all will go through when we age: we become forgetful, we can’t keep track of bills, our eyesight prevents us from driving as confidently as we used to. If you notice that a parent is experiencing this to some degree, you are probably asking yourself: How serious is this?
Is It Time For Mom Or Dad To Be In An Assisted Living Community?
Assisted living communities are for people who need help with activities of daily living, or ADLs. They can be basic, such as eating, getting dressed, and personal hygiene, or needs such as managing medications or finances. If and when your loved one needs help with these, it could be time to consider assisted living. The following are six signs your parent might ready for the benefits that come along with assisted living:
- Messy medication storage. A look in the medicine drawer may reveal prescriptions in disarray or over-the-counter medication in the wrong containers. Many older folks take multiple medications, and so managing them may become a challenge as they age.
- A questionable bank balance. Seniors are often susceptible to fraud. Checks made out to charities or other organizations you’ve never heard of, or reliance on an individual you don’t know for help with errands, and unopened bills are signs that they may not have their finances under control.
- Loss of appetite, weight. These are signs of poor nutrition, which is of course a concern. Losing weight and having no interest in eating are also signs of depression, which can affect the ability to perform ADLs.
- Inactivity. Withdrawal (a common problem during the pandemic) and loss of interest in hobbies are signs of depression.
- Hair and nails are in decline. Brittle or dry hair and nails may be signs that Mom or Dad are having trouble being able to feed themselves. Hair and nails contain proteins that are indicators of a poor diet. Lethargy and irritability are also telltale signs.
- Damage to their car or garage. Signs of accidents or references to being lost are signs that driving may be a safety issue for your parent. Try to be a passenger in their car to quietly evaluate their driving.
Care Available For Your Loved One
Many assisted living communities, including Maine Veterans’ Homes, offer care for folks who are able to move independently but who might need limited hands-on support. They don’t need around-the-clock care, but they may need help in the form of reminders, verbal cueing, or some limited hands-on assistance. A move to MVH assisted living residential care provides the care, security and community environment your loved one needs to maintain their independence, and give you peace of mind.
At Maine Veterans’ Homes, five of our six locations offer a model of specialized assisted living residential care for individuals who have been diagnosed with early-stage dementia. The exception is South Paris, which does not require a dementia-related diagnosis for assisted living residential care.
If your loved one is in the later stages of dementia and/or needs 24-hour skilled nursing care, our long term dementia and memory care areas can provide what you are looking for.
For help deciding what memory care service is best, feel free to contact us to talk with a skilled professional. We can help provide the education you need to make the right decision for your loved one.
About Maine Veterans’ Homes
With six locations throughout the state, Veterans, their spouses, and Gold Star parents find a place where they feel welcomed at Maine Veterans’ Homes and receive the excellent care they deserve. Learn more about guidelines for becoming a resident at MVH, download our free Eligibility Guide >>>