Is Bridge Haven right for my loved one?
For families with aging or elderly parents, the trigger that parents are struggling to care for themselves is often a crisis. Reaching out to help vulnerable elders before difficulties occur may prevent future falls, fractures, accidents or seasonal illness that could mean a trip to the emergency room.
Families typically discuss alternate care options when parents are no longer safe at home and would benefit from full-time care. Why wait until a crisis? At that point, families have little time to research their best options. In some cases families are forced to take what services are available, and not what is ideal for their parent.
To be proactive families should ask the question now: Can mom or dad still live alone? To help determine that answer families should look for the following:
Changes in Health
- Unexplained bruising
- Weight Loss
- Difficulty walking or getting up from a seated position
- Forgetting medications or taking more pills than the prescribed dosage
Changes in Well-being
- Loss of interest in family, friends or favorite activities
- Missed appointments, especially important doctor visits
- Changes in mood or lack of emotional control
- Forgetfulness, confusion or frustration doing routine tasks
Changes in Appearance
- Unpleasant body odor from infrequent bathing
- Decline in grooming habits such as forgetting to comb or style hair
- Bad breath from lack of teeth brushing
- Wearing wrinkled, disheveled or dirty clothing
Changes in Household
- Spoiled food
- Laundry piling up
- Dirty dishes stacked in the kitchen sink and on counter tops
- Excessive visible debris on carpeting or flooring
- Insects or ant infestation
- Stacks of unopened mail, late payment notices or calls from bill collectors
- Strong foul smell in the home
Recognizing these deficiencies is the key to taking action. If several of these warning signs are present, experts advise families to proactively discuss the necessary steps to help keep their loved ones safe and healthy.
Celia Patti whose husband moved into Bridge Haven assisted living, says, “With services like these, there comes a price. But there is one thing you can’t put a price on, and that is the health and safety of your loved one.” Providing a stable and safe environment for family members is first priority for her.
If you have safety concerns about an aging family member, please give us a call. Bridge Haven can help. Many families find an assisted living environment actually enriches the relationship with their loved one because they can now spend more quality time together.