When It’s Time to Live in a Residential Care Home

Residential Care Home is one of the many options aside from nursing care homes, that can provide long term care to elders who are still capable to live independently but still needs assistance with certain activities of daily living. 

If a family member has been self-reliant for quite some time, having them moved to a Residential Care Home could be a tough decision to make, but how will you know if they need help beyond the ability that you can provide?Residential care home hand

WARNING SIGNS vary from an elder to another, but let us look in more detail at some of the indications that they need care from senior care facilities:

  1. Worsening mobility.  If the elder experiences an increase number of fall risks and accidents, having difficulty standing from a seated position, struggling with going up and going down the stairs, needs support walking, moving around the house and doing chores.
  2. Fails to look after personal care. Seniors may have trouble keeping up with their hygiene. Having a disheveled appearance, wearing the same clothes every day, not taking a bath and incontinence.
  3. Problems with household care. This ranges from dying plants, food spoilage, messy sink and piles of laundry, and negligence of pet care.
  4. Having issues handling finances.  Disregarding mails and failure to pay utility bills. This also incorporates to unopened mails and receiving calls or letters from banks referring  to overdue payments or  concerning withdrawals.
  5. Safety issues. Elders may sometime forget to turn off the gas range and unplug electric appliances. If a senior is driving, this involves traffic tickets and unexplained car dents and scratches. They can also mix up gas and brake pedals that may result to dangerous driving.
  6. Changes in eating habits. Two questions that you may want to ask yourself. Are they gaining weight? Could be a sign that they forgot that they already ate and will eat again, or are they losing weight? A sign that they are skipping meals or losing interests to food.
  7. Declining cognition. This can often result to serious upshot. If the elder begins to have a poor judgment, more often confused, or inhibits any noticeable changes in memory and thinking skills, a senior care could be of a great help.
  8. Alteration in behavioral patterns.  They become more anxious and can easily be agitated. They exhibits unpredictable mood swings and could even be childlike and impulsive at times.
  9. Social withdrawal.  Loneliness and depression could be the main reasons why elders isolate themselves and could be distant to their friends and family members. They could also cut back from their hobbies and lose interests in any activity.

Moving a loved one to a Residential Care Home is a “hard pill to swallow”. But sometimes, that transition could be life saving and could be the “best decision” for their safety and welfare.


If you have any questions about moving to an Residential Care Home, feel free to call us:

Harmony Guest Home(503) 648-3413 or email us at: info@harmonyguesthome.com