If you’re thinking about whether or not it’s time to transition your parent or senior loved one to an assisted living community, we understand how difficult it can be for everyone involved to know what’s best. What factors should be taken into account when considering this life change? What signs should you be looking for to help make your decision? Here are some indicators that it may be time to start this conversation.
- Chronic health problems – Rather than trying to handle your loved one’s declining health on your own, it may be beneficial for them if you partner with a team of professionals who are dedicated to their well-being. In assisted living, you can partner with a team of professionals to determine a care plan.
- Subtle changes – Look out for differences in your loved ones habits that could indicate reduced independence. Hygiene is often one of the first things neglected by an older adult facing mobility issues and/or memory loss, and you also may notice signs of weight loss or dehydration, poor medication management or important mail left unopened.
- Increase in isolation – Older adults who live alone often have fewer social ties and may be more isolated due to memory loss, hearing impairment or mobility issues. Isolation is a risk factor for early mortality, as it is associated with cognitive decline, depression, chronic diseases and dementia.
- Unsafe conditions – Make an honest assessment of your loved one’s mobility and balance as it relates to the safety and accessibility of their home. Navigating obstacles, like loose carpets, staircases or cluttered walkways could result in a life-threatening fall.
There are many parts of daily life that may become difficult for seniors to keep up with on their own. If mental or physical limitations are hampering their ability to take care of themselves properly, a little help could make a big difference while also providing increased social opportunities, safety and accessibility.
Every situation is different, but if your loved one is showing several of the above signs, it may be time to start a conversation about transitioning to an assisted living community. Assisted living at Longleaf Bee Cave helps ensure your loved one has fresh, healthy meals, help with bathing and grooming, medication management, scheduled transportation for appointments and much more. Here are some of the advantages you’ll find at our community.