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How To Know When A Parent Can No Longer Live Alone?

The hardest thing about determining when an elderly parent can no longer live alone is that no two cases are alike. Without question the topic of senior care needs to be broached not only with an eye on the individual's needs but also with a sensitivity as to what could be a major change in their life. Elderlink, a free senior referral service offering personalized lists of California nursing homes, assisted living facilities, dementia care services and more, reminds you that while there is no right or wrong answer to this question, there are common concerns that may hint at the need for senior care.

Some of the concerns families deal with in determining if a parent needs a senior care facility include:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Falling
  • Loneliness
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Forgetfulness
  • Wandering
  • Not taking medications
  • Making irrational decisions
  • Not paying bills
  • Repeated questions

A senior who exhibits some or all of these characteristics may be a candidate for assisted living of some sort. At this point many families begin asking questions that they may have never considered before. Namely:

  • Who will take care of my parent?
  • Who is going to pay for their care?
  • How long can they stay at a given facility?
  • Who can give me the right information?

At this crucial moment the qualified care counselors at Elderlink are a lifeline for families just like yours. Via phone or their Online Referral Request Form you can spell out the unique aspects of your situation and the individualized care your parent needs. Armed with this information, Elderlink's professional staff will compile a reliable and accurate personalized list of facilities that address those needs. All facilities are pre-screened and evaluated by Elderlink prior to being included on any referral list. Best of all, the services they provide are free to the public, and that means you!

Being the adult child of aging parents isn't something we're trained for, and as time goes by the decisions can get harder. If the time has come to seek a senior care facility for your parent, it helps to proceed from a position of knowledge and with options at your disposal. Working with Elderlink will save time and relieve stress, anxiety, and frustration. Most importantly, it will help you find the services you need.

Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc., hopes you've enjoyed the preceding article. It is our hope that its inclusion on A Place of Hope's website provided you with a fresh perspective and new insight into the subject of counseling. In the future, we'll continue to include pieces that shed new light on great ways to improve the way you feel. Is it time you made some positive life changes? Perhaps it is, but you're unsure of how to go about this. If so, remember that this process can be soothing, inspirational, and affordable. The smallest changes can make a world of difference if you know how to go about making them. Continue to look here as we promise to point you in the direction of hope, help, and healing. And while you're here, take a look around our website and learn about the number of ways Dr. Jantz and A Place of Hope can aid in your positive life enhancements and counseling needs. Thanks for checking in, and be sure to visit us regularly for more great articles full of information regarding psychological issues and counseling services.

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