Age-related diseases and maladies can make it difficult or even impossible for a retiree or senior to live alone. Problems like dementia and mobility problems can also create difficult living environments when children or loved ones must care for a senior relative who is no longer ambulatory.
At a certain point, discussions about assisted living, in-home nursing care, and other options for assistance become necessary. Concerns regarding cost and the ability of the family to afford assisted living can create stressful situations, but keeping the aged family member safe remains important, particularly when the family member begins showing any of the following signs.
Stress and Health of the Caregiver
Although it’s not a health problem experienced by the senior, stress experienced by a caregiver can prove harmful to the caregiver, as well as the person who needs daily assistance. Stress may have debilitating physical effects on the caregiver, which means the ability to care for the person who needs help may be negatively impacted, too. Although it may feel heart-wrenching to think about assisted living, the health of the caregiver and the person receiving care may depend on it.
For many familial caregivers, basic needs are things that don’t necessarily require professional assistance. Responsibilities like cooking, basic hygiene, and reminding someone to take their medication are projects that may be accomplished without fear of keeping the senior in good health. At a certain point, a person’s needs may become so great that the best person to offer assistance is someone with experience in healthcare. The availability of an immediately available medical staff may also become important.
Safety in the Home
Today’s seniors have access to a wealth of in-home options that can help them lead a safer life when they remain at home. Non-slip floors, walk-in tubs, and homes that don’t have stairs can help a senior remain safe, even when a caregiver is away at work for the day. However, during the aging process, it’s essential to consider alternative accommodations or assisted living before an accident happens.
Issues with Aggression and Abuse
A problem like dementia may allow a formerly loving individual to become verbally or physically abusive. Not only is it difficult for the senior to remain on good terms with his or her family or caregiver, but the abuse may also create resentment in the family that leads to a reduction in the quality of care he or she receives. Allowing a skilled professional in a retirement community to administer care is a great alternative.
Experiencing “Sundowner Syndrome”
It’s a classic sign of Alzheimer’s Disease, and Sundowner Syndrome, or “Sundowning,” occurs when a person becomes increasingly incoherent as the day turns into evening. A person who seems completely at ease and coherent in the morning may become confused, agitated, and unable to function without complete assistance by the evening.
A Habit of Wandering
There are frequent stories that hit the news where an elderly person goes missing because he or she wanders away from home or becomes confused while out of the house. One of the scariest things about caring for a person who has a habit of wandering is that they can disappear in the length of time it takes a family member to go to the bathroom and return.
Consider a Beautiful Retirement Community
Are you and a loved one considering assisted living? Do you want to give your elderly family member the best life possible? Are you reaching an age where you believe a retirement community may offer you the comfort and safety you require? Reach out to the Houston retirement community of Holly Hall and explore the options you have with us.