Taking care of an aging loved one can be physically and emotionally draining. This is particularly true as their physical and mental health and overall well-being decline. When this happens, the older family member will become increasingly dependent on others. With the holidays approaching and families visiting each other, you may notice the need for extra care. Since at-home care may not be enough, consider having your loved one dwell within a senior living community. But how will you know your loved one needs more help?
Here are some signs to look out for.
Chronic or Worsening Health Problems
The prevalence of most chronic conditions increases with age. If your aging parent falls ill more often or takes longer to recover from an injury or illness, this could be a sign of a weakening immune system. Such an individual may need 24-hour care soon.
Unlike at home, our senior living communities are adequately staffed and equipped. This goes a long way in ensuring the health conditions are regularly monitored and well-controlled. Full-time care can help to improve your loved one's health and quality of life.
Difficulty Managing Medications
As your loved one ages, they may have cognitive impairment. This can make it difficult for seniors to keep up with their medications. Failure to use medications correctly and safely can result in worsening of disease, increased healthcare costs, or even death.
Our communities provide ongoing care through various stages. If your aging parent or loved one has become forgetful, Integrated Lifestyles will see to it that your loved one takes the right dosages of the medicines at the right time. With use of technology to streamline medication administration, we’re effectively ensuring improved health outcomes.