Taking Care of Your Folks During Their Golden Years

2 Signs That It Is Time For Assisted Living

Watching a loved one age is very difficult. Many people feel helpless as they see someone they have respected and cared for succumb to old age and the illness that accompany the elderly. One of the most common illnesses is dementia. If your loved one is suffering from dementia you might be wondering when is the right time to admit them to an assisted living care center like Colonial Residence. Here are a couple signs that it is time.

1. Your Loved One Is Becoming Disoriented With Their Surroundings

Obviously dementia is going to affect the brain. One of the first things you will notice is that your loved one may not know where they are or where they are going. They become like a child again, unable to find their way home, with a short attention span and even the tendency to wander. The danger is that unlike a little child, your loved one is an adult who may look safe to others and think that they are safe. They can leave the house, and forget who they are, where they were going, and how to find their way back home.

If your loved one has began wandering or if you have already had an episode where you lost them, and they couldn't remember how to get home, you definitely need to admit them to an assisted living center. A center will keep them contained so that they cannot endanger themselves, and it has the proper security to keep them safe.

2. Your Loved One Is Acting Out In Anger and Violence

Sadly, dementia also affects the personality of the individual. Someone who was once a sweet, soft-spoken individual could become a violent and angry person. This can be very hard for friends and family to watch because they may feel like they don't know the person anymore. Even though it can be scary, it is important to remember that this is the disease acting out, not the individual that you know and love.

However, even though you can understand the reason for the lashing out, it is important that you keep yourself and your loved ones safe. If your aging friend or family member is acting violently in any way toward you or anyone in the house, it is time for assisted living. A center has staff on hand that can handle the aggression and may even chose to medicate the individual so they don't harm themselves or others.

These are just two signs that it is time for an assisted living program.