Have you noticed your loved is having difficulties performing everyday activities around their home?
This may be a sign that your loved one can no longer cope with living alone and needs some form of assisted living.
The level of care your loved one may require will vary. For example they may require a full time carer or they may need to move to an aged care home.
Here are some signs to look for when deciding if your loved one needs assisted living.
• Recent accidents or falls: Has your loved one been experiencing more falls then usual or having more accidents?
• Chronic health condition: If your love one has a chronic health condition which is worsening it might be time to move them to an aged care home before the condition escalates.
• Weight loss: If your loved one has experienced noticeable weight loss it might a sign of an illness or their inability to cook or eat nutritional food.
• Changes in appearance: Has your loved one stopped brushing their hair or putting their clothes on properly?
• Presence of friendships: Has your loved one stopped visiting their friends or cut back on their social activities? Social isolation can lead to depression and other health issues. Moving your loved one to an aged care facility with other people around can help to increase their wellbeing.
• Lots of unopened mail: If your loved one is not collecting or opening their mail it can be a cause for concern about whether their bills are being paid on time.
• Lots of expired food: If your loved one’s kitchen is full of stale or expired food it may be an indication they are unable to go shopping and are therefore not eating properly.
• Dirty house: If your loved one’s house is dirty and dusty it may indicate they are having difficulties cleaning it.
If you are unsure whether your loved one needs assisted living or should move to an aged care home there are services which can help you. For example your loved one’s living arrangements can be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team to enable them to access government support.
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