How to Assess If an Elderly Parent Should Live Alone?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 06, 2013

Do you have elderly parents who live alone? Are you concerned about their health and well-being? Read on know some practical pointers that will help you assess if your elderly parent should live alone.


Are your parents showing signs of sickness such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, decreased mobility or other illnesses?  If so, they should be assessed by a physician to determine the severity of the disease.


If your parents prefer to live alone, then understand the support they can get in case of an emergency, i.e. the hospital in their neighborhood or their friends. This will help you decide whether they can look after themselves or need to have support (like live with you or in an old-age home).


Do not hurry things, let your parents know of your concern and give them time to adjust; this will give them time to think and will make things easier for everyone.



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