America’s population is aging. More and more people are entering into the golden years of their lives. Although it is completely part of the process, it’s hard to see your parents age. It can be difficult to see them become tired, fragile and less able to care for themselves properly. Making the decision to place a loved one in an assisted living facility isn’t an easy decision. Even when it is clearly in the best interest of our loved one, it’s still difficult and emotionally trying. You might be several years away from crossing this bridge personally but it can be valuable to be considering options and be prepared. To help you as you may be considering making the choice. The incredibly devoted care team at The Gables of Idaho Falls have assembled a series of questions to ask yourself during the process.
Can Your Loved One Easily Care for Themselves?
As your parents are aging, even simple tasks may become fairly difficult. Cooking for themselves, bathing themselves and even simply getting around their home. An assisted living facility can provide access to great and regular care. However, great alternatives may be in-home care if your loved one is only needing some assistance.
Are they Experiencing Health Concerns?
If their health is in fair condition an assisted living facility may not be as valuable of an option. However, if they are struggling with chronic or worsening health, it may be valuable to keep them in close proximity and access to qualified medical staff.
Are they Able to Manage their Medications Well?
As our loved ones age, it’s important they follow their health plans created by their primary care physicians. If they are struggling to remember to take their medications that can put them in serious risk. Assisted living and other health facilities have trained staff dedicated to helping the residents remember to take their medication.
Do you have Family Members that are Willing and Able to Check on them Regularly?
If you or another family member lives in close proximity, checking in regularly on your parent(s) may be enough to ensure they are safe. However, if no one is able to do this it might be in their best interest to give them access to regular daily interactions with trained caregivers.
Are the Primary Caretakers Doing Emotionally Well?
Sometimes the people who struggle the most aren’t always the aging individuals but the caretakers. There are many situations where it is in the best interest of everyone involved to give your parents access to better care options. This often helps all the parties involved.
We know that this isn’t an easy decision but finding a quality facility with trained staff can be a great way to help those that you love in the best ways possible.