May is National Better Hearing Month and if your father has moved into assisted living, you may not be visiting with him as often as you were when he was home. If you live in the same town or close enough, you may have been taking care of him for a while.
However, you knew you couldn’t keep this schedule up and began talking to him about assisted living and other options. He agreed that this would be a great opportunity for him to reconnect with some friends who had moved away, meet new people his own age and who share common interests with him, and to be in a safe, comfortable environment.
In recent weeks, though, you’ve been wondering whether your father is angry, depressed, or dealing with something else. Perhaps you began putting a few signs, or clues, together and are wondering whether or not your father is actually having difficulty with his hearing lately, which could be causing certain behavioral issues or symptoms.
He might not be answering phone calls.
If your father cannot hear well, he may let the phone just keep ringing. If he picks up the phone but isn’t able to hear what you or somebody else is saying, it can be extremely frustrating. He may be trying to hide some of the symptoms out of fear of what could be happening to him.
He may have trouble remembering certain conversations.
If your father isn’t hearing as well as he should, you might be carrying on a conversation with him for a while and then talk to him a few days later and he has no idea what you’re talking about now.
That can certainly be related to hearing loss, but it could also be a sign of dementia, which can include Alzheimer’s. This is just one of many reasons why it’s so important for him to be properly diagnosed by a doctor.
Maybe the staff have expressed concerns to you.
The staff at this assisted living community are going to be working with your father and all of the other residents on a regular basis. If they begin noticing certain behavioral issues or things that cause them some concern, they may bring it up with your father first, they might also talk to you if you have been listed as a contact person for him.
He may not be engaging with you much anymore.
If your father is not answering the phone or he’s not making time for you, it could be related to some issue like hearing loss, but remember, it could also be related to him staying as active as he wants to be and simply not being in his room for many hours during the day.
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