It is a discussion that countless families from all over the world have every single day—the discussion on when it is time for their loved one to enter an assisted living community. It is a common discussion that people have virtually every day and it is a very difficult discussion for many families to have. Assisted living communities can be a great asset for many seniors. However, many seniors are noticeably apprehensive about committing to the assisted living lifestyle. Many seniors also think that transitioning to life in an assisted living community can suppress their independence, even though in reality, most seniors feel more independent when they get settled into their life in assisted living.
Apprehension among seniors is perhaps one of the biggest reasons many families second-guess their choice to have their loved one enter into an assisted living community. Many times, the decision is mostly up to the family of the senior as they are the ones who are responsible for care once their loved one in unable to care for themselves on their own. Many seniors may also not recognize that they need help during the day or they may feel insecure about requiring assistance or leaving their homes. This is where, as family members, it is time to step in. If you are taking on this type of role, here are a few different signs to look for that can let you know it is time for your loved one to enter an assisted living community.
- Your loved one has been having accidents, falls or injuries at home.
- You have witnesses numerous “close calls” with accidents or falls in your loved one.
- Your loved one has gotten into numerous fender benders or driving accidents.
- Whenever your loved one gets sick they take a long time to recover.
- You are worried your loved one may no longer be able to clean or care for themselves as they show up to multiple situations not showered or wearing the same clothes over and over again.
- Your loved one is becoming extremely forgetful.
- Your loved one has started to wander, especially in the middle of the night.
- Your loved one has a health condition that is getting worse.
- You are worried your loved one is no longer able to cook for themselves or feed themselves.
- Your loved one has experienced noticeable weight loss or weight gain for unexplained reasons.
- Your loved one has cut back on their normal activities or interests.
If you notice some of these signs and symptoms, it is time to sit down and seriously discuss assisted living. The best way to tell if it is really time for your loved one to enter into a care facility is to go with your gut and your instincts. It can be a difficult decision to make, but you can rest assured knowing that your loved one will be getting the care and attention that they need and deserve.