Taking Care of Mom and Dad

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Taking Care of Mom and Dad

At the beginning of your life, your parents take care of you, but when you reach middle age, the tables turn, and you need to take care of your parents. That can involve helping your parents to find an assisted living facility or a nursing home. To quickly explain, assisted living is independent living with a bit of extra help such as a group lunch room or an emergency alert system in each apartment. A nursing home, in contrast, provides comprehensive care for patients with a wide range of issues from dementia to arthritis. This blog is designed to help you make those tough decisions. It's also going to include posts on home health care, staying in touch with relatives in nursing homes, and more. I wish you the best through this sometimes difficult part of the journey with your parents.


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Signs That Your Aging Loved One Could Benefit From Memory Care

If you find that you are starting to wonder whether your elderly loved one might need to start receiving memory care, you will want to keep reading. This way, you will be able to decide if now is the time to start looking for the best possible dementia care in your area. Here are some of the signs that you want to keep an eye out for:

You Are Starting To Become Worried About Their Daily Safety

A lot of aging individuals who start to have memory problems may become extremely agitated, angry, physically violent, fearful, or they may wander off and become lost. If you have started to find that you are becoming increasingly worried about his or her safety because you aren't sure what is happening during the day while you are away, it might be time to speak with a memory care specialist.

Their Health Is Declining Due To Memory Problems

If the overall health of your loved one is start to decline because he or she is not tending to personal hygiene needs, or they are skipping a lot of their doses of prescription medication, you will want to take immediate action. They may require an assisted living dementia care facility in order to ensure that their health is well taken care of everyday.

They Are Suffering Financially

Some people with memory problems tend to neglect the bills or fail to remember that money might need to be transferred from one account to another. They might also be much more susceptible to scams, where someone might convince them that they have to wire money into personal bank accounts of criminals or they will face jail time or lose their home. Out of confusion and fear, many elderly simply comply with the request and their personal financial obligations then suffer.

It Appears As Though They Are Starting To Hoard Certain Items

As memory problems progress, your loved one might purchase more of something, not remembering that they already have ten of them at home. They might repeat this process several times a week, or even everyday. Not only does this become a financial problem, but they could end up in a dangerous situation at home if the hoarding gets out of control.

If you suspect that your elderly loved one is in need of memory care assistance, you will want to get in touch with a trained professional right away.