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Independent Living & Assisted Living | December 4, 2015 | By Jonita Dixon

Signs an Elderly Person Shouldn’t Be Living Alone

elderly-womanIt is a heart wrenching and complicated question to have to answer: when do you know that an aging loved one is unable to live alone and needs more help than you can provide? This decision can cause a great deal of frustration, anger, and grief. There are a few factors to consider that might indicate that someone should not be living alone anymore and you might want to consider an assisted living facility.

They Show Early Stages of Alzheimer’s

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is more than 5 million. In fact, it makes up more than 80 percent of the dementia cases. While it is often seen in those near retirement age, Alzheimer’s can start as early as someone’s 30s and 40s.

It is important to understand that as the disease progresses, the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s only grow. Professionals in these facilities are often trained and equipped to deal with those who have Alzheimer’s disease. It is important to discuss long-term care options as soon as these signs become apparent.

Too Great A Strain

While we might not want to admit it, sometimes caring for someone that we love outweighs the emotional, financial, and logistical resources that we have available. Oftentimes people feel as though they are abandoning their family members, letting them down when they need them most.

The reality is that there might come a time that only professionals are able to provide a healthier and safer environment for those who are struggling with aging. Once you notice that care is putting an emotional and financial strain on you and those involved, it is time to consider a different option.

Physical Impairment or Disease

While you mean well, there are elder patients who need help that goes far beyond what a loving family can provide. Many diseases, including kidney failure and Parkinson’s disease require the type of around-the-clock care that non-professionals simply cannot offer. It is time to explore other options when you notice that the situation simply does not work anymore.

Healthy – But No Longer Safe

Even the healthiest people are prone to falls, trips, and slips. Oftentimes we can just dust ourselves off and continue going. However, in elderly patients, there is often a high risk of bone fractures. Just because someone is moving to an assisted living facility does not mean that they are unable to live independently, but they might want help with daily tasks such as getting out of the bathtub safely, changing clothes, eating, and cooking. It is still possible to live mostly independent with the right housing option.