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Parents give guidance in the beginning, but children eventually guide their parents down the road of aging. It’s hard to know when adults are ready for assisted living. Worsening chronic health conditions, slow recoveries, and worrisome accidents are some red flags, but not all signs are so easy to spot. When daily life becomes difficult for parents to manage, it may be time for assisted living.

Analyze Their Social Life and Physical State

People capable of living on their own leave the house regularly and check in with those they love. They tend to their interests and have relationships. They know how to execute plans for worst-case scenarios. Children should make physical contact with their parents to check for weight gain, weight loss, frailness, and unpleasant smells.

Visit Their Home

Children should visit and take notice if their parents start neglecting their home. Unread magazines and newspapers, mail left in the mailbox, or mail left unopened and scattered around the house are some signs they aren’t adequately managing their home. Lots of clutter is also a cause for concern.

Troublesome signs include a kitchen full of expired foods, trash from takeout, and many of the same items (like TV dinners). Broken appliances and signs of fire are even more worrisome. It’s ideal to talk to them before they stop tending to their animals or allow their plants to die.

Keep an Eye on Their Car

Dented cars or warning lights left on are signs the person maybe shouldn’t be driving. They may forget routine steps of driving (like using a seatbelt), get easily distracted, or become too impaired to drive. Accidents happen, but if this is recurring, they shouldn’t be behind the wheel.

Talk to People

Before caregivers decide, they should get input from others who love the person. Medical experts can help children develop a clearer image of what their parents are experiencing. A second opinion can make all the difference.

Pay Attention to their Emotional States

A person’s emotional state is of utmost importance. If parents are anxious or lonely, they may benefit from an assisted living environment. If caregivers exhaust themselves to care for their parents, this should be a sign that the parent is struggling to manage daily life on their own.