Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s can be rewarding and feel like the right thing to do, but sometimes as the disease progresses, we have to start considering other options like senior care and assisted living.
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The “Bridge” Option
For many, assisted living communities are a sort of “bridge” option for seniors who are experiencing difficulties maintaining a healthy, safe, and involved lifestyle when living independently. There may be some mobility issues, problems taking prescription medications correctly, lessened abilities and/or interest in cleaning and/or cooking, or maybe some assistance with personal care is now needed. If such seniors live alone, there is also the risk of depression and loneliness due to isolation. These folks do not have ongoing medical conditions requiring skilled nursing; thus, the assisted living community is a viable option.
Believe it or not, there are some families that perpetually skirt around necessary topics with their aging loved ones. Sound familiar?
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