The move to assisted living can be difficult but sometimes it’s even more difficult to determine the right time to move to assisted living. For many seniors, there comes a point where living on their own simply isn’t possible or safe anymore. It’s a move that many will eventually need to make: seniors 65 and older have almost a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care services and support in their remaining years, likely in an assisted living or nursing home.
There are many types of senior housing, and assisted living is one of the most common ones. Assisted living facilities are designed for people who need help with daily activities (like cooking and bathing) but who don’t necessarily need daily, extensive medical care.
As family members and/or caregivers, you want your senior loved one to be safe and comfortable with this life transition. The decision to move to assisted living can be difficult — both emotionally and practically. Many seniors fear losing independence. So how can you evaluate together when is the right time for assisted living?
Here are some signs it might be time to consider assisted living:
- Physical safety and wellbeing. The most obvious sign that your senior loved one may need further assistance is worsening health or poor physical wellbeing. There are many ways this could look such as reduced mobility or significant weight loss. Are they taking longer to recover from injury? Do they seem frail?
- Difficulty with basic tasks. If your senior loved one is struggling, there may be apparent signs in their household such as chores being neglected or issues with home maintenance. Is their home no longer a safe environment for them? Examples might include clutter around the home or forgetting safety measures like turning the oven off.
Another sign might be their personal upkeep such as dressing and bathing properly or remembering to take their medicines correctly.
- Frequent injuries (even minor). Is your senior loved one having any accidents and falls? How about close calls preventing a fall or medical emergencies? Inactivity and stiffness in the joints can contribute to imbalance. Mobility is important for seniors to live safely in their own homes so watch for signs of immobility.
- Emotional wellbeing and a tendency toward isolation. Emotional wellbeing and social relationships are very important to quality of life. Many seniors are at risk of becoming increasingly isolated. Look for signs of loneliness, anxiety, or depression. Is your senior loved one still enjoying their hobbies and regular outings? Do they have active friendships? Assisted living can provide a welcoming social community for seniors to become part of.
Understanding Assisted Living Options
There are many options for senior assisted living facilities. Understanding the differences between these facilities and what levels of support they provide is the first step in discovering what will work best for your senior loved one’s unique needs. Helping Hands for Seniors is here for you through the process of finding senior care. Our goal is to guide you through the process of senior care placement, making the transition as simple and stress-free as possible.
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