It can be difficult to know when you should get help for your aging parent. Perhaps you and your family have been handling many of the responsibilities, or maybe your parent insists he or she does not need any help.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that about one-third of senior citizens who need long-term care do not receive it. You should not put off senior care until it is too late. Here are some signs that you should look out for.
It is dangerous to leave your parent unsupervised if he or she is struggling with memory, language skills or critical thinking. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may not affect independent living right away, but according to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, MCI turns into dementia over five years 32% of the time. If cognitive issues seem to be worsening, professional care might be worth considering.
You should always ask your parent if he or she has been experiencing any pain, loss of balance, dizziness or other physical problems. You should also pay attention to the way your loved one moves around and his or her energy levels. If anything appears to be off, you might want to have a nurse or caregiver help your parent with daily tasks.
Whether you are considering a nursing home or at-home care, getting professional help for your parent might seem like a drastic decision at first. But no matter how uncomfortable the situation is, you must keep your parent’s best interest in mind.