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04/05/2018

How to Tell If a Beloved Senior Needs Assisted Living

It can be tough for anyone to decide on moving a beloved senior into assisted living. Nobody wants to do that, if only it was possible. But when they start to have trouble bathing, grocery shopping or doing other day-to-day activities, assisted living can be a great option. And if these things have entered your thoughts lately, then it actually may be time to move.

Here are some of the most obvious signs that your aging loved one will benefit from assisted living care:

Loneliness

Has your loved one retreated from the rest of the world? Seniors who spend a lot of time alone often slip into depression. They should be given the chance to socialize because it helps them maintain a positive sense of well-being. Assisted living communities provide such opportunities. In most facilities, seniors engage in social activities everyday and make new friends. As a whole, this improves their quality of life and even their physical health.

Safety Concerns

Is your loved one trying to hide bruises? If they couldn’t even get out of bed without feeling exhausted, this can be daunting. Falls are the top cause of accidents among seniors, so your loved may actually worry about falling and not knowing how to get up. With your loved one in an assisted living facility, you can have peace of mind knowing that they will get the needed help, anytime.

Poor Home Maintenance

Do you think your loved one’s home’s has become less tidy or organized than usual? Maybe they’re wearing the same clothes everyday, or there’s a lot of spoilt food in their fridge? Seniors often start to skip the simplest of tasks due to decreased energy and mobility. This will cease to be a problem in an assisted living facility, where they won’t even have to worry about making their bed. There are people who do all the housekeeping so your loved one can just focus on enjoying life and the company of new friends.

Transportation Difficulties

Has your loved one begun to depend too much on others in terms of getting around? Even if they want to stay independent and drive themselves, it’s still quite dangerous both for them and others. And if public transportation is too difficult for them, they may have no recourse but to stay home. Again, being alone for long periods can be depressing for seniors – for everyone actually – but it is automatically a non-issue in assisted living facilities. Transportation will be available each time it is needed.

You won’t find it hard to find a good assisted living facility for a senior member of your family. But do your research and compare a few options before choosing.

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