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Signs it’s time to move your loved one to a nursing home

Making the decision to move a loved one into a nursing care facility might be one of the most difficult choices you ever make. Generally, no one likes the idea of uprooting an elderly parent from the home they have lived in for decades and moving them to a strange and unfamiliar facility. Unfortunately, there often comes a time when an adult child can no longer effectively care for an ailing parent and the move to a nursing home becomes a necessity.

You might be wondering how you will know when it is time to choose a nursing home in the Los Angeles area so that your parent will be safe, comfortable and receive proper care. Here are a few signs to watch for in your aging parent that could be cues to make a decision sooner rather than later.

Signs you can no longer provide effective care

If you have been the lead caregiver for your loved one and the task is becoming more difficult or requires more medical expertise, then it might be best to start considering a change. Also, if you feel emotionally or physically exhausted, you may not be able to properly provide care for much longer. Your health is just as important as your loved one's.

If your personal relationships have begun to suffer, at-home care services are more expensive than a nursing home, or your loved one's safety is in danger if they remain in the home, these are signs that it is time to start exploring alternatives.

Signs your loved one needs a change

There are various signs that your loved one needs a more secure environment with better medical care. For instance, if your father claims to be eating but the refrigerator is full of rotten or spoiled food, then he may be forgetting to eat.

If your parent has begun falling more often and tries to hide it from you, is forgetting to take prescribed medication, or can no longer bathe alone or do laundry without help, it is probably time to consider a different situation. The right nursing care center can provide security, monitoring and even opportunities to socialize so that your loved one can get the most out of the remaining years.

Dealing with end-of-life matters are always difficult. However, with estate planning that addresses health care and other end-of-life needs, you can help yourself and your loved one face the final years comfortably and securely.

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