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When to Make the Transition from Part-Time Care to Live-In Care

By Cherie Coe, 9:00 am on

A senior’s life is forever changing and it may be time to transition from part-time care to live-in care. They will want to retain independent living for as long as possible but the level of care depends on their ability to accomplish certain tasks.

1. Mobility

A senior who is living at home with part-time care needs to be able to move around consistently without help. Signs of mobility problems include increased muscle weakness, unsteadiness, issues when getting in or out of a chair, and falling. If any of these signs become apparent, it may be time to increase the level of care your loved one receives.

2. Confusion

Confusion in the elderly may be an early indication of dementia or the onset of Alzheimer’s. This is a scary time for caregivers because the symptoms could be a sign that it is time to transition from part-time care to comprehensive dementia care in Jefferson County care. Their safety is the number one concern, and when in a confused state, seniors may not be able to think clearly or make appropriate day-to-day decisions.

3. Loneliness

Studies have shown that social isolation and loneliness are directly linked to health problems in older adults. Being alone during the evenings can increase the chance of dementia, falls, and mortality, and loneliness is one of the leading causes of depression in seniors. Having a live-in companion can help mitigate feeling of isolation and loneliness.

4. Nighttime Care

Nights are often the most difficult time for seniors who live alone. Many falls happen during the night when they are trying to get to the bathroom. This is one of the main reasons to transition to live-in care. Having someone there at all times provides the senior with the help they need during any part of the day or night. Caregivers need to watch for signs that indicate that problems have escalated to the point that live-in care may be required.

If your aging parent has increasing care needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of senior care Jefferson County families trust, and our caregivers are available 24/7 to provide safety monitoring, mobility support, and help with everyday tasks. For more information, please call (303) 987-5992 today and schedule a free in-home consultation.