It’s certainly tempting to have an elderly parent or other individual in the family who needs support and assistance move in with you, but that’s not always the best decision. Keep in mind that just because an aging senior moves in with his or her adult child and their family doesn’t mean the work gets any easier; in many cases, it can become even more challenging.
That’s because often when people start receiving help, they call on it more frequently.
This is a phenomenon that seems to take place over and over again in almost every household where an older senior begins relying on family and friends, even if it’s reluctantly so at first, and starts calling for help more and more frequently. When things become easier to do (every day is less of a challenge) these individuals often reach out to the same family, friends, and possibly even neighbors over and over.
This will likely happen if that aging parent moves in with a younger family member. However, there are also three other reasons your elderly father may be better suited for assisted living.
First, he will be surrounded by other seniors his own age.
Most of us would prefer to be surrounded by people who share common interests, a common history, common language, and common experiences. Your elderly father may be comfortable at home and you might have a great house with his own private bedroom and bathroom, but what about companionship? What about conversations? What about time when you and the rest of the household are not around?
Second, there are often more activities for him to do.
Every assisted living facility is different and one may not have a great number of activities throughout the week, but another may have things going on every day. In either case, there will likely be more activity options available to him at assisted living than in your house, on average.
Third, a quality facility will have experienced staff 24/7.
There may be times when your father needs help going to the bathroom, getting out of bed, or has questions about certain activities or other things going on throughout the day. If you have to work, if other people in the house are going to school or have their own careers, who is going to be around to address those issues?
What about in the middle of the night? If he needs help to do some of these personal, intimate matters, it can cause sleep trouble, anxiety, and other challenges that don’t need to happen when assisted living is considered.
For more information about assisted living in San Antonio, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.