Determining when your loved one shouldn’t be living on her own any longer is a difficult situation. There’s no hard and fast rule, but you may recognize some of these signs in your loved one.
If Your Loved One Is Neglecting Herself
If you’ve noticed that your loved one is neglecting herself, she may not be able to continue living on her own. Take stock of how exactly she’s neglecting her own care and see if there’s anything that you can do to help her stop that neglect. One solution might be to hire home care providers to help you fill in the gaps in your loved one’s care.
If Your Loved One Is Having a Difficult Time Maintaining Personal Safety
For some elderly loved ones, personal safety is too difficult for them to manage on their own. Examples might be that your loved one has difficulty getting into and out of the bath or she leaves burners on when she’s using the stove. Again, finding solutions can help, but you still might need to change your loved one’s living arrangements.
If Your Loved One Is Becoming Too Isolated
Many elderly loved ones shut down emotionally and become too isolated. Isolation can lead to bigger issues, like depression, so it’s important that your loved one is still able to socialize a bit. If your loved one is resisting this, she might need your help in reaching out to others.
If Your Loved One’s Health Requires She Isn’t Alone
Your elderly loved one might find that her health is worsening suddenly. When that happens, she might eventually get to a stage at which it’s important to have someone with her at all times. Talk with your loved one’s doctor so you can learn how to recognize that stage of your loved one’s illness.
If Your Loved One Tells You that She Doesn’t Want to Live Alone
Your elderly loved one might make this easy for you to recognize by telling you that she doesn’t want to live on her own anymore. For many elderly loved ones, living on their own is a sign of independence. For others, living alone doesn’t feel as empowering as it should.
Taking regular stock of what is happening with your loved one can help you to stay on top of this difficult decision.
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