Growing old is a part of life for every single one of us, but it can be hard to accept the older we get, potentially the less independence we may have. Admitting the need for assistance, especially for close family, such as elderly parents, and them accepting it, is not easy.
It can be upsetting to watch our loved one’s age, and potentially change. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that things must change, or you must compromise your former way of life.
Accepting support can help you to embrace these changes and work with them to maintain independence and your usual high quality of life.
How Do I Know If My Elderly Parents Need Help?
Elderly parents have a strong desire to remain independent for as long as possible. Typically, an older adults will hide any issues they have been experiencing until an accident or sudden decline in their health makes it obvious that they need assistance.
Since adult children are often unable to make care decisions before an accident happens, the added stress of an unexpected fall complicates things even further.
Don’t be caught off guard. Start watching your parents physical and mental abilities, encourage them to plan for the future may their situation gets worse and most importantly research long-term care options. This will ensure you are prepared should your elderly parents show signs of needing additional support.
Signs That Your Aging Parents Need Extra Support
There are several things to keep an eye out for that could suggest your elderly parent might be needing some extra support for themselves or around the house. Things to look out for include:
If you see a bruise on your mother’s/father’s arm or leg, it could mean she’s fallen and isn’t telling you. Seniors tend to bruise more easily, so the signs show up more. We recommend checking your parent’s arms and legs if possible. Experts also recommend watching for elders holding onto walls or furniture as they walk through the house. This can be a sign they’re unsteady on their feet and would benefit from a cane or walker.
Neglecting Personal Hygiene
Noticing a decline in your elderly parents’ hygiene levels, or lack of desire to keep on top of it is a big warning sign that they could need some encouragement or help at home.
It can be quite a shock to notice that your mum or dad has decided against washing their hair or deciding that a food spillage on an item of clothing is nothing to worry about. This should prompt encouragement, or even direct help with personal care or assisted living can be put in place to keep on top of any hygiene concerns that you may have.
Changes In Sleep Patterns
Are they struggling with sleep disturbances or have been waking multiple times each morning? A significant change in sleep patterns may indicate declining health.
Unpaid Bills Pilling Up
If your parents have a considerable pile of unpaid bills, find out why. It could be that they are struggling to meet all their expenses, but don’t want to tell you. It could also be a sign that they are suffering from memory loss or early Dementia and have lost track of what bills need to be paid and when. Furthermore, the unpaid bills may be part of the general disorganisation that their life might be coming to.
Talk to your parents about their activities. Are they still connecting with friends? Have they maintained an interest in hobbies and other daily activities? Are they involved in organisations, clubs, or faith-based communities?
If a parent gives up on being with others, it could be a sign of a problem.
Independent Living: Accommodating The Need Of People In Later Life
Accent Housing can offer your family and elderly parents a solution. Sheltered Housing, also known as ‘Independent Living’, refers to a property scheme built to accommodate the needs of people in later life.
Although facilities within schemes vary from place to place, most include accessible living with a lift to upper floors, safety features and communal space. Some include a sheltered housing warden onsite or on-call to give residents extra security.
The benefit of sheltered housing makes the decision easy if you take into consideration the wellbeing of your parents. We have designed our sheltered housing to give your parents as much freedom as possible but align their external and internal space to accommodate their needs.
Accent Housing: Contact Us
If you are looking to find out more information about sheltered housing, get in touch with one of our team today. You can call us on 0345 678 0555 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.