Discussing senior care with your elderly loved one never sounds easy. Unfortunately, when many adults enter their 80s, they do require some assistance. It may be time to talk about an estate plan or discuss your loved one’s plans for elderly care.
According to U.S. News, there are warning signs that your loved one should consider a care facility.
Does your loved one practice self-care?
When you practice self-care, this means that you can take care of yourself. For example, you can bathe yourself, clean your household and pay your bills. You may need assistance if he or she cannot keep up with good hygiene, pay the bills or maintain a safe environment.
Does your loved one suffer from depression?
Depression and other illnesses can cause a need for extra help. A lot of seniors have a positive outlook on life. While it is normal for adults to feel sad during times of stress or loss, it is not normal to be sad all of the time. If you notice that your loved one’s mood changes suddenly and does not improve, it may be time to receive extra help.
Does your loved one have memory loss?
Most people face some memory loss through aging. Everyone knows what it feels like to misplace a set of keys or to forget why you entered a room in the first place. If you notice that your loved one forgets what he or she says just minutes before or becomes lost easily, it could be a more serious indication of a problem.
If your loved one cannot provide care for him or herself, you need to discuss his or her plans for care.