It may be a stressful time when the decision is made, but the choice to relocate into assisted living might be best for one’s health and well-being.
Certainly, most would like to continue enjoying the independence of home ownership, the ability to care for themselves as well as the upkeep of a home. Unfortunately, age catches up to most people, and because most seniors eventually require assistance with activities of daily living, assisted living is usually required.
When is the right time for assisted living though? Usually, the primary caregiver will begin seeing the signs.
There are countless everyday tasks that most take for granted. Consider preparing meals, cleaning the house, doing laundry, grooming and paying bills. If someone is having a difficult time with these tasks, assisted living should be considered to make everyday life much better.
Similarly, are some tasks being neglected? If you see piles of laundry or dirty dishes, spoiled food in the fridge and unopened bills, change is probably needed soon.
Has your Mom or Dad had some recent injuries that they told you about, or worse yet, do you see bruises on their body but they aren’t willing to tell you how they got them? This is definitely a sign.
Take a good look at your loved one when you get the chance. Look for any significant weight loss, which could mean that they aren’t eating well. How does their skin and hair look? How do they smell? Are they bathing regularly?
Find out how they’re spending their days at home. Are they sitting around alone and never getting outside to interact with others? Isolation can prove devastating to one’s health, while a retirement community allows them to get the help they need while living with their peers and enjoying fantastic amenities, so it’s a win-win.