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  • Erin Skelton

Signs That It’s Time to Move Aging Parents Into Assisted Living in Surprise AZ

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

As the owner of an assisted living home, we have seen people from all stages of life either starting their search early for assisted living or actively moving into assisted living homes. Many families try to delay the move into assisted living as late as possible. We understand this mindset. It is expensive, many seniors resist moving into a home, and seniors do not want to be up-rooted or lose their sense of independence. Unfortunately, due to these concerns, many people wait until there is a health crisis or accident to move their aging parents into a facility. At Brookhaven Assisted Living in Surprise AZ, we have observed that there are some telltale signs that adult children should be aware of, so they can start their search for assisted living and know what is available to them and for what cost. Often adult children will have the talk with aging parents that it is time to consider assisted living multiple times before the seniors are willing and open to move forward with finding help. If you find that this is your situation, do not get frustrated or angry. Simply leave the conversation and revisit it at a later time.

Activities of Daily Living

Prior to moving into an assisted living home or hiring a caregiver to come into your home, companies will assess the level of ADLs, also known as Activities of Daily Living. This concept was developed by Dr. Sidney Katz and it allows health professionals to understand the level of care that a senior needs, depending on how they are able to perform their activities of daily living. Below are the main categories of ADLs assess by assisted living in Surprise AZ:

  • Dressing: The ability to select appropriate clothing and put the clothes on.

  • Personal hygiene: The ability to groom oneself, brush teeth, comb hair, and trim nails.

  • Toileting: The ability to get to and from the toilet, use it properly, and clean oneself.

  • Ambulating: The ability of a senior to transfer oneself from place to place, get up out of a bed or a chair, and back.

  • Continence: The ability to control bladder and bowel function

  • Feeding: The ability of a person to feed oneself.

In addition to ADLs, assisted living homes will also inquire as to how well a resident is able to take care of their living environment on their own. These are known as Instrumental Activities of Daily Living. They include:

  • Cleaning the house, home maintenance, and doing laundry

  • Paying the bills and managing the finances

  • Shopping and cooking for oneself

  • Being able to go places independently outside of your house

  • Socializing and managing communication with others

  • Managing medications and taking them as directed

If your aging parents struggle in any of the above categories, it may be time to start your search for assisted living in Surprise AZ options. Without having a professional assessment, adult children are often aware that their parents are in need of help. Afterall, the first people who often step up to the plate when help is needed are the adult children. They are able to see first-hand how their parents manage activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living. Finding support through assisted living homes can greatly improve the quality of life for seniors. At Brookhaven Assisted Living, we can provide ADL support and IADL support. Our trained and licensed caregivers have the tools and skills to help seniors cope with assistance with ADLs while showing patience and love.

Additional Signs That It is Time to Consider Assisted Living

Loneliness: As seniors age, isolation and loneliness can become concerning as it can affect overall health and wellness. According to the U.S. Census, more than eleven million seniors live alone. When seniors feel alone or forgotten about, it can result in serious conditions such as depression, unhealthy habits, and life expectancy. These feelings of depression and physical health declination can be avoided by keeping aging adults engaged in hobbies and socialization with friends and family. Assisted living in Surprise AZ homes are experienced in keeping seniors engaged. Some popular senior activities include senior yoga, pickleball, walking groups, book clubs, movie clubs, art classes, or by a simple lunch or dinner date with family or friends.

Chronic Medical Conditions: Did you know that an AARP study found that more than seventy million people, aged 50 and older, have at least one chronic medical condition? These include conditions such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease. The older parents get, the more likely they are to develop a chronic medical condition. Many of these conditions result in taking prescription medication. However, the difficulty with medications is management of them. Many seniors forget to take their medications, refuse to take them, or do not take the proper prescribed amount.

Falls and Frailty: Many seniors are ambitious to maintain their sense of independence. They try to continue to live their lives as they always have, even though their ability to stand and walk may be inhibited. Nearly one third of seniors fall at least once every year, resulting in a steadily higher death rate due to falls. Falls can result in broken bones, subdural hematomas, head wounds, and more. If your loved one is unable to help themselves up after falling, it is a sure sign that assisted living in Surprise AZ should be considered in the near future.

Managing Finances: Have you noticed piles of bills building up on the kitchen countertop? Many seniors struggle to keep up with bill payments and management of finances, including tax returns. Dementia and Alzheimer’s can affect cognition, which decreases their ability to think about complex numbers. Due to this, seniors are often targeted for financial scams.

Unable to Maintain Household: Managing a household even at a young age is exhausting and time consuming. And this is when young adults are physically capable of cleaning. A common warning sign that it is time to move, is an untidy and odorous living space. Seniors often complain that they “just cannot keep up” with the mess. At Brookhaven Assisted Living, we have had many residents move in for this reason alone. They are unable to do laundry for themselves, unable to cook healthy meals, or simply keep their house clean. Sometimes it is a matter of simply getting help a couple times a week with chores such as vacuuming the house or washing dirty dishes to avoid a permanent move into assisted living in Surprise AZ. Be aware of excessive clutter, as this can cause a tripping hazard. Check the food in the fridge for expiration dates and look for Tupperware containers that seem to continuously stay in the fridge too long. These are all signs that your loved one is unable to provide themselves with nutritious meals.

Odors and Poor Hygiene: Seniors often avoid bathing themselves alone because they know that slippery surfaces such as a shower or bath can present a fall risk. In fact, 80 percent of falls happen in the bathroom. If you notice that your aging parent has a bad odor, ungroomed fingernails, or unkempt hair, it may be time to search for assisted living in Surprise AZ. As seniors get older, their immune systems become compromised. Poor hygiene at home and cleanliness can lead to illness and overall health.

How Brookhaven Assisted Living in Surprise AZ Can Help

We know that moving into an assisted living home is usually not the first choice of the resident. They value their independence and understandably so. However, you can rest assured that we know how to keep your loved ones safe, healthy, and engaged in socialization. Our licensed and certified caregivers are expertly trained to care for seniors and are familiar with the common medical conditions that they experience. They are patient, kind, and knowledgeable. Help your aging parents live a high quality of life up until the end, by allowing our expert team to assist them with their activities of daily living. Contact us today! (623) 349-7510

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