How to Know When an Elderly Person Can’t Live Alone

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Aging is an inevitable process. Due to the advances in medicine made every day, we are able to live longer and healthier lives with increasing quality. Unfortunately, there still isn’t a cure that can stop aging. With that comes certain difficulties elderly people face as they age. At some point, most elderly people become incapable of living alone and taking care of themselves. This is a good time to look into specialized facilities that are dedicated especially to seniors. 

Nursing homes are a great opportunity for the elderly to live full lives, without having to worry about the things they cannot do themselves. The conditions are usually very nice, the staff are caring and because there are other people around the same age, socialization is easy to achieve. 

But when should you start to look into such institutions? 

Here are a few signs that an elderly person will probably lead a better life in such a specialized facility.

A Person is Severely Disabled

According to the official data, most of the people living in nursing homes are over 85 years of age. They usually have some sort of disability that renders them unable to perform normal daily activities. 

For example, a person that has significantly impaired mobility, is visually or hearing impaired, or suffers from incontinence might be a good fit for nursing home care. 

Mental Conditions and Depression

Besides physical problems, people who have certain mental conditions like degenerative brain diseases are usually candidates for such care. 

Such diseases negatively affect a person’s life to a point when they can no longer live alone without assistance. Dementia is probably the most common condition, resulting in an inability to think properly and remember things, including their own identity. 

More often than not, seniors suffer from depression too, which is another condition that increases their need for assistance.

Struggle to Live Alone

Other factors can be the lack of spouse and other family members. Elderly people who have recently lost their life partners can struggle with normal activities as they get older. With nobody around to help them, they lose the ability to function and perform basic tasks like going to the market or maintaining proper personal hygiene. 

In such cases, family support is a great alternative. 

Seniors who have children and grandchildren can get help for some of the things they can’t do. Good organization, planning and time management from the person’s children is a way to help them remain at home longer. 

Another option is to hire a nurse or a caregiver. Someone to do the chores around the house and do the shopping, as well as help with the senior’s hygiene. 

If that’s not an option, you could attempt to arrange for a friend or neighbor to stop by and help out as much as they can.

Deciding to live in a nursing home is incredibly tough and emotionally demanding. 

Not all people are willing to leave their homes and the idea of this can be quite intimidating. Keep in mind that no one can be forced to live in such a facility, so be sure to be considerate when looking into and discussing this option.