You may notice your mom forgot to lock her front door once or twice, or forgot to turn off the stove. Maybe your dad forgot to take his medicine a few times last month. It can be difficult to identify a shift in a senior’s ability to care for herself, or a physical or cognitive decline. So how do you know when these are signs that they need full-time care?
Does My Parent Need a Nursing Home?
Some common signs that may suggest your parent could benefit from a nursing home can include:
- Needing reminders to take medication
- Noticeable weight loss or gain
- Loss of mobility or increase in falls
- Signs of neglecting household maintenance
- No longer able to perform daily tasks, such as grooming or preparing meals
- Increased isolation
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Exhibiting aggressive behaviors
- Becoming disoriented or getting lost
- Repeating stories or questions
- Problems speaking or struggling to find the right words
- Difficulty planning, concentrating or organizing
- An Alzheimer’s/dementia diagnosis or cognitive decline that requires 24-hour supervision