How To Tell It's Time For A Loved One To Go To An Assisted Living Home

Taking care of a loved one in their old age can be challenging, but you'll still want to try to take care of them on your own while they live at your home. However, you may find yourself in over your head with trying to care for them during the day. Here are some signs that it may be best to have them live at an assisted living home.

They Can't Be Left Alone During The Day

If you are still working a day job and trying to take care of a loved one, you may find it challenging to leave them alone at home during the day. This may have difficulty making their own meals or walking to the bathroom, which will make you worry about them all day long. The reality is that you cannot provide the care that they need if you are working during the majority of the day, so you should seek out professional help.

They Fall Down Often

If someone is having problems walking on their own, this can lead to having several falls where they need assistance getting back up. What do you do when you are not strong enough to get them back on their feet? You may end up needing to call 911 and ask for their assistance. This is not something you should be doing regularly, and if their risk of falling is that high, an assisted living home may be best. 

They Have Memory Problems

Dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer's disease can be very difficult. They are going to need a special kind of care that you likely cannot provide to them. In addition, your loved one may not be remembering who you are or where they are at, which will make it not safe to leave them alone at times during the day. You should seek out an assisted living home that has a memory care unit, which has special training with these types of residents to help them live their best life. 

Not sure if your loved one is ready for an assisted living out? Schedule an appointment to visit a local assisted living home in your area for more information. You'll be able to see the facility, meet the staff, and get a better idea of the kind of help they will receive when they are living under the care of professionals all the time.