It can be difficult to know when it’s time for elderly parents to move into a nursing home. And every family situation is unique. Family members have to consider factors like the type of care the person needs, the proximity of other family members and the cost.
The best thing to do is simply to start looking for signs indicating it may be time to consider a nursing home. Below are a few examples to keep in mind.
An increase in injuries
First off, if the elderly person begins to suffer accidental injuries, they could be a danger to themselves or their physical condition could be deteriorating. For example, many injuries happen in falls.
Necessary assistance with daily tasks
Elderly people can often live alone, even when they need assistance with things like running errands. But if they need help with basic daily tasks – like getting dressed or using the restroom – then a nursing home may be necessary.
Increased phone calls
Some claim that an increase in phone calls can signify that an elderly person doesn’t feel comfortable at home alone. It may be better for them emotionally and psychologically to be in a group setting.
Necessary medical care
Finally, nursing homes can provide some level of medical care, such as distributing medications. When the needs become too much for family members to assist with on their own, the safety and health of the elderly person has to take precedence.
There are a lot of things to consider when looking into nursing homes. Families that are involved in this process need to understand all of the proper legal steps to take.