When you were little, your parents were the ones who took care of you. From making sure you were eating properly down to bathing you every day. Therefore, moving a parent into an assisted living center is one of the hardest and heart-wrenching decisions of your life. You feel guilty because you want to return the care that your parents gave you. However, guilt is the last thing you need to feel when considering assisted living for your parents. Always remember that in an assisted living center, they are provided assistance to make sure they are safe and healthy.
Unlike a nursing home, assisted living centers do not provide medical care such as treatment for specific conditions or diseases, making it appealing as they offer a relatively high level of independence. In fact, residing in an assisted living center is similar to having a private apartment but with an added perk that a trained staff is on hand to help your loved one when necessary.
But when is it the right time to decide when to move a parent to an assisted living center? Take a good look at the present housing situation, health status, and medical needs. If your parent is telling you that they are eating but you see food go bad in the refrigerator. If your parent is covering up bruises from a fall. If your parent cannot bathe themselves, groom adequately and launder clothes. If they forget to turn the appliances when they are finished cooking. And if you do not see the same bright and vibrant person they used to be years ago. These are some of the sure signs that tell you it is time for you to make that decision.
All of us care for our parents. And moving a parent to an assisted living center does not make us care for them any less.