Unfortunately, there is no one sign that tells you when your parent, spouse or other loved one needs senior assisted living facilities or a little more care than you can offer or outsource at home.

Needing more help is not something you should feel guilty about. There comes a time in most life journeys when a person just needs a little assistance with life’s daily tasks. Senior assisted living facilities help fill this need as well as offer seniors easy access to social activities and a community of people of the same age.

Common Signs That May Suggest Your Parent Could Benefit From Senior Assisted Living Facilities

When you live with a person, it can be difficult to assess when it makes sense for a loved one to move to a senior care assisted living facility. Changes in behavior can be very subtle when you are with a person every day. However, some things that indicate that you and your loved one could benefit from senior assisted living facilities include…

List of Some Signs Your Parent May Need Senior Assisted Living Facilities

1. The person’s hygiene, grooming and/or weight is changing noticeably.
2. You’re becoming stressed as a caregiver.
3. The person is becoming aggressive.
4. You notice that household chores that used to be done regularly are being neglected.
5. Caring for the aging parent or spouse is affecting the rest of the household adversely.
6. The person is prone to wandering.

Signs Your Parent May Need Senior Assisted Living Facilities

1. The person’s hygiene, grooming and/or weight is changing noticeably.

Often the first sign that assistance is needed is a slipping in a person’s daily appearance and grooming. Maybe their hair isn’t combed, when they are usually well-coifed. Maybe their clothes need washed or don’t match… or maybe you notice that they’ve lost a considerable amount of weight. While these issues can have many causes, it bears investigating if your loved one no longer has the energy to see to all of these personal tasks each day. They might not be eating or grooming because it just seems like too much work. Best assisted living facility can help them handle these tasks and make life more enjoyable.

2. You’re becoming stressed as a caregiver.

Taking care of an aging parent or other loved one can be exhausting. We understand; we’ve been there. If being a caregiver is causing you stress and affecting your quality of life or your job performance, it may be time to think about having your loved one move to an assisted living facility.

3. The person is becoming aggressive.

Some conditions common with aging, such as dementia, can cause aggression, even in people who have had a gentle disposition all of their lives. Assisted living facilities with memory care have staff trained and experienced in dealing with aging-related memory issued and aggression and can keep you and your loved one safe.

4. You notice that household chores that used to be done regularly are being neglected.

Some people just aren’t cut out to be housekeepers. However, if your parent’s usually meticulously-kept house is starting to look a little messy, it may be a sign that they no longer have the will and energy to do what it takes to manage a household. Moving to an senior assisted living facilities just might be a relief for them and get them away from feeling like they aren’t keeping up with all of their chores.

5. Caring for the aging parent or spouse is affecting the rest of the household adversely.

If you care for an aging parent or other loved one at home, you know how much time and energy it takes. As much as you want to be there for them, it’s important to also look at what effect your care giving role is having on your marriage, your children, your job and your other obligations… as well as yourself. If any of these areas are suffering because of your role as caregiver, it might be time to think about moving your loved one to an assisted living facility.

6. The person is prone to wandering.

A common sign of later stage dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is a tendency to wander without knowing where they are going or how to find their way back. Since it’s impossible to watch a person 24/7 at home, having them move to senior assisted living facilities can help make sure that there’s someone to prevent your loved one from getting lost and wandering off.

What does a senior assisted living facility do that I can’t?

Coming to the realization that your parent will likely benefit from moving to senior assisted living facility doesn’t mean that you’re doing something wrong or that you’re neglecting your parent.

The short answer to the question is that the staff at an assisted living facility for senior citizen can be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You have other obligations, to your other family members, to your job, to your church and to your community.

What exactly is a senior assisted living facility?

Assisted living, as the name implies, offers help with day-to-day living, while still allowing the resident as much independence as possible. Senior Citizen Assisted living facilities have private or shared suites or apartments as well as communal areas, such as a dining room, community activity room, library and/or garden.

These facilities offer a full social calendar, with daily activities, such as card games, musical events, craft classes, movie nights and even excursions to nearby attractions, restaurants and shops. Meals are taken in the dining room with other residents or delivered to individual rooms, if that’s what the resident prefers.

Assistance is available for things like dressing, eating, bathing, managing medications and household chores. One monthly fee covers basic assistance, room and board and most social activities.

Brookside Stone Mountain in Stone Mountain, Georgia, offers assisted living and memory care services. We strive to make our facility pleasant and affordable while still maintaining a high standard of care.

If you’re looking for “assisted living for seniors near me” in the greater Atlanta area, we invite you to tour our facility. Lisa Jackson, our administrator, is available to answer all of your questions about assisted living for your loved one. You can email her at LikeHome@BrooksideStoneMountain.com or call (770) 689-4800.

We pride ourselves on making our resident care our top priority.