Is Assisted Living Right For Me?
It’s hard to accept that our bodies move slower and become less agile with each year that passes by. It’s even harder to watch the same thing happen to our loved ones. You may notice that your mom doesn’t take walks like she used to, or your dad can’t mow the lawn anymore. We often pass these things off as a natural part of aging, but the best thing we can do to help our families is to help acknowledge the problem and determine if a move to assisted care could benefit their daily lives.
What warning signs should you look for to determine if assisted living would be beneficial?
1) : This is a common reason why families examine assisted living; mobility is essential to day-to-day activities. Routine issues may include going up and down stairs and operating a motor vehicle.
2) : A senior parent may be struggling with daily personal hygiene, such as showering, maintaining clean clothes, dressing themselves, eating or other daily care activities.
3) : Household negligence can lead to serious problems, such as spoiled food, overflowing trash, or failure to pay bills.
4) : It’s a given that with some health care needs, it can go above family’s emotional and physical ability to care for them, especially with dementia or other memory-related health issues. It’s nothing to feel guilty about, as it’s only human nature to be able to handle so much.
5) Cognitive decline can have severe consequences, especially when it comes to taking medications correctly, being unable to fix a meal or even if a loved one cannot remember to eat. If a senior loved one shows signs of confusion, poor judgment or other various signs of cognitive impairment, assisted living is a good next step.
6) : These come into play for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. When a senior begins wandering, that is a sign Alzheimer’s disease is rapidly progressing and affecting their daily life. If behavior problems such as aggression or anger arises in your loved one, it may be time to decide if your loved one needs assisted living.
7) : If a senior family member gives up hobbies, withdraws from friends or is rarely leaving the house, that may be an indication of loneliness or depression, which may indicate a need for assisted living.
The philosophy of assisted living emphasizes personal autonomy and privacy. Our facilities emphasize independence, homelike settings, and the ability to age in place. Our communities are designated as Level I or Level II Assisted Living.
Choosing the right place to live can be difficult. If you are still unsure of which place is right for you, just give us a call at your preferred location and we can talk about it over the phone.
- Bella Vista (479) 855-5600
- Fort Smith (479) 649-7100
- Hot Springs (501) 520-0016