According to the Pew Research Center, there are over 40 million unpaid caregivers providing care for someone over the age of 65 in America. Of that group, 9 out of 10 are providing care for a parent. In other words, you’re not alone.
For most of us, the role of caregiving for a loved one isn’t something that happened all of a sudden. It was gradual as needs arose and we simply rose to the occasion of doing what we believe is best for our parent. Yet, caregiving without support results in stress, missed time at work, missed time with family and, ultimately, health concerns for the caregiver. It’s important to recognize the signs that it’s time for senior living. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself:
1. Are there safety hazards?
2. Have there been incidents, close calls or medical emergencies?
3. Have you noticed withdrawal, depression or isolation?
4. Is there noticeable weight loss or a change in hygiene practices?
5. Is the household unkempt?
While the situation may feel overwhelming, a senior living community can provide relief, safety, health and happiness to everyone involved.