Right Time to Search for Senior Living and Care

Are you making the decision to look for senior living and care options?

While there are indicators a senior’s readiness for assisted living, there is no hard and fast rule to follow. The most important thing is to determine if your aging parent is no longer in a position to live alone, and take part in their life so you’ll be aware if there are concerns that suggest it is the right time to look for senior living and care options. It is advisable to speak to a physician or geriatric care manager if you have concerns about health matters.

The following questions can guide you and your loved one in making the right decision if it is the right time to search for senior living and care options.

Decline In Personal Hygiene:

Are there changes in appearance, unkempt hair, dirty clothes, body odor, failing to change clothing for days on end, and a lack of personal grooming are all signs that your loved one may require some help in the daily activities of daily living. As people age, these everyday tasks can become tedious and difficult due to loss of motor control, arthritis, pain or cognitive impairment.

Less Care Shown in Housekeeping:

Are there changes in care for the home, sticky floor, un-emptied garages, stained carpets or spoiled food and piled up laundry. This may be an indicator an aging adult needs help keeping up on household chores. Communities that offer assisted living for seniors provide housekeeping and laundry services to residents.

Falls and Lack of Mobility:

Trouble walking up or down stairs, rising from chairs and entering and exiting vehicles are all signs of diminished mobility. When aging individuals lose mobility, it is time to start looking into assisted living for seniors or other senior assistance.

Decline in Appetite or Interest in Food and Cooking:

Some people never care much about food or cooking, but if your loved one starts skipping meals, grocery shopping or cooking too little to maintain general health, moving your loved one to assisted living will ensure three meals a day, encouragement to eat, assistance with eating and socialization with others that is associated with eating meals.

Losing Track of Medications:

Expired medicine bottles, unfilled prescriptions, or abnormally high pharmacy costs could signal an inability to manage medications properly. Proper medication is essential for many seniors who have medical conditions requiring treatment. An assisted living will ensure proper medication management.

Reduced Attention Regarding Finances:

Seniors can feel overwhelmed by the simple task of opening and responding to daily mail. As well as balancing a checkbook. You may notice bills piled on the counter, calls from creditors, or abnormal donation receipts could indicate that your loved one is losing control over his finances.

Memory Loss:

Does your loved one have increased difficulty when following directions and often have to stop and search for words when speaking? Some seniors start to suffer from cognitive impairment as they age. Unexplained phone calls and loss of short-term memory are both signs that your loved one may be suffering. If this is the case, include memory care in your search for senior care communities.

Home Safety:

Appliances left on and forgotten, pots and pans left unattended on an open flame, clutter in the home may be a sign of short-term memory loss or dementia.

Declining Driving Skills:

Do you hesitate to let your loved one drive by them self or with others? Are there unexplained dents or scratches on their vehicle, or an increasing record of accidents or tickets? Loss of vision, cognitive impairment and diminished motor capabilities can all contribute to these signs. Assisted living provides scheduled transportation to medical appointment, shopping, and outings.

Depression/Loneliness:

Depression and loneliness affects people of all ages. The symptoms of depression and loneliness can be feelings of sadness, listlessness, loss of interest in social interaction, and previously enjoyed hobbies and activities are indicators of depression and loneliness. Try to stay in tune with your loved one’s interests so you’ll know if these symptoms show up. The sooner the loved one receives help, the sooner they can get can get help to recover.

We have the in-depth understanding and knowledge to help you make an informed decision that is right for your loved one. If you or someone you love is searching for senior living options we would be honored to join your quest and support you every step of the way. Click Here To Send a Message or call us at (541) 636-9901.