Having elderly parents can be worrisome, especially if you do not see them on a regular basis. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the specific risks of exposure for older adults, many people have had even less contact with their elderly parents than they normally would. How do you know if they are living fine on their own? How can you tell if your parents need additional assistance?

The following are only some indications it is time for more assistance for your parents.

This is, of course, not an exhaustive list, and different people have different signs of struggling to care for themselves. You do not want your parents to live in a state of worry or crisis because they are confused or unable to complete necessary daily tasks. Instead, it might be time to find them the assistance they need.

Know Your Options

There are different options when it comes to assistance for your elderly parents, and the option that is right for you depends on your family’s circumstances and preferences. You might consider home health assistance such as in-home Senior Care Fort Collins, caretaking by a family member who has the ability or willingness to do so, or even a move to an assisted living community.

In addition to knowing the best type of assistance, you also need to address how you can legally begin assisting them (e.g., become their power of attorney to assist them with bill pay; or healthcare agent to be able to speak to their doctor about care) and ultimately how they are going to cover paying for increased care. Never hesitate to consult with a California elder law attorney about your concerns.