Over 15 million people in the United States spend time caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia. For many of these people, the burden of providing care becomes too much and takes a high toll financially, physically and even mentally. If you have an elderly parent that you can no longer care for, then it might be time to consider moving your loved one into an assisted living or nursing facility.
Making the decision to move a loved one into a nursing home is never easy. Here are signs that you should look for that indicate it is time to make the decision.
Individuals suffering from dementia often display aggressive or violent behavior. To avoid being on the receiving end of such behavior, it is typically a good idea to place your loved one in a facility where experienced and professional staff can see to his or her needs.
Many people who spend their time caring for an ailing loved one begin to show symptoms of the stress. If you begin suffering physically or mentally from your role as a caregiver, then it is probably best both for your health and the health of your parent to make the transition to a nursing facility.
Care needs are above your abilities
If your loved is in a state where you can no longer provide sufficient care and you have reached the limit of your caregiver abilities, then it is time to choose a nursing home. Putting yourself or your loved one at risk by trying to perform tasks that may be physically beyond you can create a dangerous situation.
The current living situation is unsafe
Another sign that it is time to move your loved one into a nursing facility is if the current living environment is unsafe. For instance, if you have a two-story home in Atlanta, navigating the stairs could be too much for your loved one and possibly end in a fall. In general, nursing homes provide a safe and secure environment to reduce dangers for its residents.
If you have a loved one suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease, the above signs can help you decide when it is time to move your parent into a facility that can provide the level of care they need. However, before you make any major decisions, be sure you have the help you need to navigate any legal issues involved with planning for nursing home care.