Making the decision to move an aging loved one out of their home is difficult, but transitions are usually smoother when they happen sooner rather than later. This move may help keep them healthier, safer and perhaps even happier. After an initial adjustment period, many seniors find that they truly appreciate the higher level of support as well as the added opportunities for socialization, dining and activities. It also means that there is a plan of care in place, which eases pressure on family members to provide ongoing hands-on care. Here are some signs it’s time to consider moving your loved one to an assisted living facility.
Difficulty Managing Daily Activities
If you find your loved one increasingly has difficulty completing or maintaining simple tasks like dressing, shopping, cooking, doing laundry, managing medications, etc., additional supportive services need to be explored to keep your loved one safe.
A Worsening Chronic Health Condition
Progressive problems such as COPD, dementia, and congestive heart failure can decline gradually or quickly, but either way, their presence means your loved one will increasingly need help.
As someone progressively loses much of their memory or exhibits cognitive impairment due to age, they may become more combative. Aggression could be dangerous for the aging loved one as well as those around them, but staff at an assisted living facility are trained to handle aggressive situations and keep patients safe.
Trouble with Home
As they age, many people find stairs difficult to manage, which may lead to falls or daily chores going left undone. Also, the location of your loved one’s home, such as a busy street in town, could be dangerous if they tend to wander.
You might notice that your loved one’s bills aren’t getting paid, despite the fact that they have plenty of money in their bank account. They could simply be forgetting to pay them, but this can harm their credit and more if it becomes habitual.
If you think a loved one might be ready to transition to an assisted living facility and would like to know more, please contact us today.