The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Family 2011

April 2, 2011

Seeing the signs

Opting for assisted living can be positive life move

Seeing the deterioration of a parent or loved one can be difficult.

However, it is important not only to recognize but to heed signs that point to a needed move to an assisted living center.

Suzanne Jenlink, director of resident services for The Commons, said an elderly person often shows signs he may not be able to live on his own.

“If they have stopped doing personal hygiene because the bathtub may be scary or it is too hard. If they can’t manage their money. If they can’t take their medicine properly. They are all indication they need help. If they can’t get out of their house if there is fire. Are they cooking and leaving burners on and doing things that are dangerous? If they are doing things that are dangerous to themselves or others, it may be time,” Jenlink said.

Families often will make the decision for assisted living center care following a hospital stay.

“A lot of times they have a fall or injury and go to the hospital. Then the hospital asks where they are going to go because they can’t go home and take care of themselves,” Jenlink said.

How to talk to a loved one about about moving to an assisted living facility

Talking to a loved one about needing to enter an assisted living facility can be a difficult task. The reaction to the news can be difficult on the son or daughter trying to help his or her aging parent.

Jenlink suggested a unique approach for each individual.

“It depends on the person. Some are very reasonable and some are going to act very emotionally. I think it is good to do it gradually so when the time comes it will be easier. Before it is time tell them, it is time to start thinking about assisted living,” said Jenlink.

Jenlink said people think nursing home when when they hear assisted living.

“Assisted living is more independent. It is more like home because they have their own apartment but they have staff here to help them 24 hours a day,” Jenlink said.

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