Caring for ourselves and our home can become harder as we age. Taking care of everyday tasks such as cleaning, lawn care, laundry, nutrition, and other responsibilities can become a physical or mental challenge as we get older. Assisted living may be a great next step for anyone struggling at home.
Many seniors struggle day to day without admitting they need help. This can make life stressful and even dangerous in some circumstances.
If your loved one struggles with self-care or memory issues, assisted living may be a good option. Many seniors thrive once they enter an assisted living center where they receive the support they need.
If you’re considering an assisted living home for a parent or family member, it’s normal to question whether it’s the right decision. Here are the top 10 signs that assisted living may be the best next step for your loved one.
1. Problems Taking Medication
As we age, we often face medical issues that require new prescriptions. In some circumstances, seniors may find it hard to remember what to take and when to take it.
They may miss the needed medication or take too much of it. Sometimes, even a pill organizer or a daily reminder isn’t enough.
Poor eyesight, confusion, or memory issues can all contribute to problems with taking medications on schedule. If your loved one is having trouble remembering which medications to take or forgetting to keep up with refills, it may be time to reach out for some assistance.
2. Nutritional Concerns
Many seniors gradually lose the ability to shop for groceries, plan meals, and cook for themselves. Good nutrition is essential for seniors to thrive and stay active in their day-to-day lives.
Forgetting to eat or eating foods past their expiration date is a red flag that someone needs some help with meal planning and preparation. Watch for unplanned weight loss or lack of food in the pantry or refrigerator.
Many seniors need help with their nutritional needs. For many, assisted living takes the stress of having to shop, prepare, and cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
With quality senior care, you can feel good that your loved one is getting healthy, well-balanced meals to enjoy each day.
3. Worsening Medical Issues
As seniors advance in age, the likelihood of chronic disease increases. Whether they have a heart condition, arthritis, memory issues, or mental health concerns, these health problems can increase with age.
Some seniors may experience worsening disorientation which increases the likelihood of falling or other accidents. In these cases, it’s not safe to be on their own.
If your loved one suffers from a chronic or worsening medical condition, having a supportive team around can be a huge comfort.
4. Monetary Concerns
Some seniors find it difficult to keep up with their bills or deal with financial matters as they age. Bills may pile up and go unpaid because they either forget about them or become confused about what to do.
This leaves seniors vulnerable to scammers, unscrupulous telemarketers, or even their own family members. If you are caring for your parent or an older adult, you may notice unopened mail on the table or in the trash.
This is a sign they need help taking care of their finances. Living in a senior care facility may ease the burden of bill paying or other monetary concerns, allowing for a more relaxed and peaceful way of life.
5. Signs of Depression
Some seniors who appear tired, withdrawn, or irritable may be suffering from depression. Loneliness can lead seniors to a life of isolation, and they can become depressed.
If you or your loved one is suffering from depression, it’s important to seek help. Older adults can benefit from treatments and counseling for depression.
Being a part of a supportive community can also help. Feeling like themselves belong is a positive force for seniors in assisted living facilities.
6. In Danger of Falling
A serious fall can change a senior’s entire way of life. It can reduce their level of independence, leave them homebound, and increase the risk for further injury.
Some seniors are able to recover from a fall and go on to live an independent lifestyle. Others are not as fortunate and need continued assistance with mobility and daily living. If your loved one has experienced a fall or is at risk for falling, assisted living arrangements may be a good next step.
7. Hygiene Issues
In some situations, older seniors lose motivation or will to take care of themselves. This can be a sign that assistance is necessary.
Some individuals may be afraid of falling in the tub or shower, or they may forget about personal grooming. Signs of deteriorating hygiene include messy grooming or a bad odor, which may indicate a lack of bathing or failing to do laundry.
If you find your family member wearing the same clothes day after day or forgetting to care for themselves the way they used to, they may need assistance with health and hygiene routines.
8. Trouble With Daily Tasks
Living alone takes a great deal of independence. Dealing with the daily tasks of laundry, dishes, food preparation, housekeeping, and self-care can get to be too much for us as we get older.
There is no shame in asking for assistance, but many seniors deal with their declining abilities without seeking help.
If your loved one is having trouble keeping up with the various tasks of daily living, getting some assistance can be a huge relief. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a family member who needs help managing life’s daily tasks.
9. Aggressive Behaviors
If your loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s, aggression is a normal consequence of the disease. You may find your loved one getting agitated, aggressive, or even violent at times.
This type of behavior is very hard to deal with emotionally as a caretaker.
To ensure your safety and the safety of your loved one, getting some assistance can offer some much-needed relief.
10. Caregiver Stress
Taking care of someone in decline is very stressful, and it can take over your life before you know it. You may be trying to balance a job, family, and caregiving duties, which is too much for one person to handle.
You must take care of your own needs to prevent burnout. Reaching out for help may be the best decision you can make for yourself and your loved one.
Senior Assisted Living
If you know a loved one who is experiencing any of these concerns, getting them the assistance they need may be the greatest gift you could offer. We’d love to talk with you about this important decision.
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