What warning signs should you look for to determine if assisted living would be beneficial?
- Mobility issues: 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.
- Struggles with personal care: A senior parent may be struggling with daily personal hygiene, such as showering, maintaining clean clothes, dressing themselves, eating or other daily care activities.
- Issues with household or financial care: Household negligence can lead to serious problems, such as spoiled food, overflowing trash, or failure to pay bills.
- Rise in health care needs: 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.
- Cognitive impairment: 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.
- Behavior problems: 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.
- Social activities: 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.