How Do you Know When the Time is Right For Assisted Living?
Our elders are our history. They help define who we are. One of the most difficult decisions you may ever have to make will be deciding when the time has come that they can no longer safely live independently on their own. As our parents and loved ones age, their ability to fully care for themselves can decrease and difficult decisions will have to be made as to how to handle this situation. It can be very emotional and mentally exhausting when you watch an elderly loved one begin to decline to the point where they can no longer care for themselves fully, especially after a lifetime of watching them care for you.
Care of a senior loved one can become overwhelming for the caregiver, but there is a solution to help both the senior care giver and the elderly family member or friend. Assisted living facilities, sometimes referred to as retirement homes, are a good option for a loved one that needs some supervision, but has not reached the point of requiring complete care.
We’ve listed 5 signs to look for to know when it is time to consider alternative living arrangements to keep your elderly loved one safe.
1. Recent or frequent falls?
Has your loved one fallen recently, and if so were they alone? How long did it take for help to arrive? If your elderly loved one is experiencing frequent falls, it is definitely a sign that it is time to consider assisted living, especially if there is no one there to help.
2. Does it seem to take your loved one a much longer time to recover after illness or injury?
Longer recovery time can be a clear indicator that the immune system is weakening and may be a sign that your loved one may need more care soon. Access to full time care may help to improve their health. Be sure to speak with the doctor about your concerns.
3. Does your loved one suffer from a chronic health condition that is only getting worse?
If so, it might be time to help move them into an assisted living facility. If their health isn’t greatly deteriorated, they will be able to participate in the decision making process, as well as make friends with other residents when they get there.
4. Are prescribed medications being taken as instructed?
Prescription medication monitoring is vital and it is important that all medications are taken as often and and at the appropriate time as they are prescribed. If you or your loved one are missing medication times regularly, an assisted living facility is a great option because staff will ensure that medication is being administered as it should be.
5. Are they struggling to perform or maintain the activities required of daily living?
Is your loved one able to cook safely, or do they forget to turn off the oven, or even turn it on to begin with? What about laundry? Are they eating as they should, and if not, is there a noticeable weight loss? What about personal hygiene? These are all very important factors to consider when thinking about moving a loved one into a care facility or seeking assisted care for senior living.
Highland House provides assisted living for seniors who need assistance with the activities of daily living, including medication management, dressing, bathing, and meals but do not require 24-hour skilled nursing care. Highland House team members create individualized personal care plans intended to meet each resident’s specific needs and preferences while working closely with residents, their family members and physicians. Contact us today and see what we have to offer!