It can be a difficult situation when you suspect your parent is not capable of living on their own anymore. This is a person you’ve looked up to your whole life for guidance and strength, and now they are entering a stage of life where they may be losing the ability to care for themselves. It’s not easy for either you or your parent to address the situation, and if left unaddressed, your parent may very well miss out on the care they need and deserve. However, there are some helpful ways you can approach the subject if you believe your parent can no longer live alone and needs the help of an assisted living community.
Typically, an objective third party can help start the conversation about assisted living care. This may be a physician, geriatric care manager, elder law attorney, or another professional who is experienced with age-related issues. Speaking with one of these professionals can be especially helpful if your parent is suffering from physical or mental effects of aging, and you’re not sure what level of care is appropriate for your parent. A professional can help assess the level of care necessary at the present and also help prepare you for the type of care your parent may need in the future.
Keep in mind that while assisted living communities provide a certain amount of care, you should select a place that offers an appropriate level of independence for your loved one, as well. For example, some communities will handle cleaning and laundry for their residents, but those residents still have the ability to cook for themselves. Others provide transportation to doctor appointments or social activities, but also allow seniors to park and drive their own vehicles if they’re still able. This kind of independence is important for seniors who do not yet need round-the-clock care, as it allows them to maintain an active, social lifestyle and not feel as though they’ve lost all control. It’s important to speak with your parent to determine their wishes and, once again, to consult with an elder care professional to get an accurate assessment of the type of care your parent requires.
For more information about assisted living communities and how to help your parent make the transition from living at home, please contact our Ohio elder law offices at 877-653-3450 to schedule a free initial consultation.