If you have a senior parent, you likely have concerns about their well-being. Perhaps you have noticed a few things different about them lately. Sometimes families do not realize that their senior loved ones have declining mental or physical health. The senior might have undiagnosed conditions that cause the changes, which can occur gradually or seemingly overnight. Dementia is an example of a mental condition that may be subtle. It is a debilitating condition, but it can be managed.
Some families do not know what to do and fear the prospect of their senior loved one no longer being able to live independently. If there are not any relatives living close by or able to assist, panic may ensue. A senior care facility can alleviate some of the strain and offer a safe residential environment. The following points identify a few behaviors seniors might exhibit if they require additional support or a new living arrangement.
Seniors who have mobility issues may injure themselves when no one is around. This can lead to injury if they fall. Sometimes mobility issues are made more complex when seniors' homes are cluttered and interfere with them safely navigating throughout. The clutter may be related to them not being physically able to clean up for themselves. It can also be a sign of a lack of motivation. Some mobility issues are related to body weakness and limited eyesight. If they are not able to clearly see where they are going, there is a risk of falling. A fall could result in the senior getting brain damage or a hip fracture, which could mean a long recovery or permanent injury.
Behavior changes should not be dismissed as a senior wanting time to themselves or going through momentary "blues." Some seniors get depressed and may isolate. Isolation may also occur if a senior feels their mental state declining. They might isolate themselves to hide issues such as forgetfulness. This might be out of fear or because they do not want their families worried about them. A senior care facility can ensure that seniors get the mental health help they need as well as a community with others who have similar issues.
A senior care facility is a good resource to use to learn more about the services offered. They can offer insight into living arrangements and other details that concern families such as facility activities.