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It’s Not Like It Used To Be

Well the time has come and there are some things you need to talk about with your folks. They are just not the same as they used to be. They are doing things differently, they are surprising you in a bad way, they are just not themselves! For example, say your folks live far away. Far away enough that they would need to fly a plane to get to you in a timely manner. So they go to the airport to board the plane and they forget their ID cards. Yes, say their driver’s license for example. Now you might be wondering if they drove themselves to the airport or not—who knows! So they are at the check-in and they are not allowed to board the plane. What are you to do? This is just so out of character for your parents to be doing things like this. What do you think? What would you do or not do about a situation like this? A visit to the doctor might be in order, to check on their mental health. In all honesty, this is just one example of something that can happen to set off a little red flag to you as the grown adult child to your parents. If you are seeing other signs as well, like severe forgetfulness, then pursue an appointment with their doctor where you and they are present. Explain situations that have happened and do what you can to communicate your thoughts to the doctor. After all is said and done you may need to be referred to a specialist.

Things can start changing pretty slow and steady, so steady that you do not think much of it. Next thing you know hindsight is 20/20 and you see that they needed help all along as their memory did not suit up well like it used to. If you or your loved one are needing to see a list of highly rated Richmond VA assisted living facilities, then have that conversation and entertain that thought to see if that is something you would like to do or not. It might just be in the best interest of your loved one to pursue something like that.

Entertain the thought and talk with your folks doctor in front of your aging parent(s). Do not leave them out of this conversation. You do not want to start something tricky or sneaky or anything like that.

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