One of the certainties in life is that we will all age. Taking good care of your health will help to ease age-related mental and physical infirmities, but no matter what you do, the Grim Reaper will get us all in the end.
Prior to that, you may reach a point where independent living is no longer an option. This can be quite painful for yourself, and the discomfort is no less when we see a parent decline in this way.
Here are some signs that your parent(s) may no longer be capable of living on their own:
- Home Safety. Is your parent having problems getting around in their home? As we age, our bones become more brittle, which means that a fall which would have little effect on a younger person could prove very serious for a senior. If the home has stairs, is the elderly person still able to safely navigate them?
- Cognitive Impairment. Does your father or mother show signs of mental fogginess? Our memory does not work as well as it used to when we age, but if a person starts forgetting where they are going, the name of a family member, or how to get home, this is quite serious and can lead to accidents and even death.
- Advanced Care Needs. We all want to be there for our parents and many adult children act as caregivers so that their parents do not have to go into managed care. However, being a caregiver is a major responsibility that can take a toll on a person if they do not have a sufficient degree of help and periodic breaks. A caregiver suffering from exhaustion and depression cannot properly look after themselves, let alone another human being.
If any of these issues are apparent, it is probably time to have a serious conversation with your family member. Putting someone into managed care can be a difficult decision, but, in the end, the right one.