Is it time for assisted living?
Is it time for assisted living? That question can be a difficult one to answer because all situations are different. If you want to feel more confident and assured about your loved one, and you’re fearful for his or her safety, then assisted living may be the answer.
Here are five signs that it may be time for assisted living:
- Your loved one has accidents or falls.
- They’re in recovery – or their health is deteriorating.
- Your loved one is more frail than ever.
- They aren’t leaving the house.
- You can tell the house isn’t being taken care of.
Your loved one has accidents or falls.
Are accidents or falls becoming more frequent? If so, the odds of them happening again are high. Falls can leave your loved one injured and in the hospital, especially if no one is around to help.
They’re in recovery – or their health is deteriorating.
Are they recovering slowly after a hospital stay? Or is their health deteriorating quickly? If so, it might be time for assisted living. With health professionals on staff, it is easier to help sick residents recover faster than if they were home alone. It’s also easier to monitor changes in health and react to them.
Your loved one is more frail than ever.
Is your loved one losing weight? Do they look weaker and need help getting up from their chair? Are they struggling to complete the simplest task? Are they losing their balance more frequently? If so, it may not be a good idea to leave them alone or with another aging person. If you notice these signs, be sure to contact a health professional.
They aren’t leaving the house.
Is your once active loved one staying home more than ever before? Have they lost their desire to drive or spend time with friends? If they are giving up their activities and interests, they may be showing signs of depression – or hiding how badly they feel. Assisted Living homes are a great place for loved ones to get involved and participate, so they can stay active and get the assistance they need.
You can tell the house isn’t being taken care of.
Is their usually tidy home looking unkempt? Are there magazines piles, unopened mail, dust, dirty dishes, unclean bathrooms, expired foods in the fridge, and laundry mounds? If so, these are signs that they are losing the ability to live independently. They may need help with these tasks, and they can get such help in assisted living.
We hope we provided enough information to answer your questions about the possibility of assisted living for you or your loved one! Always remember that if you don’t feel qualified or able to take care of your loved one, we can help. To learn more about our assisted living, long-term living, or rehabilitation services, be sure to give us a call at (937) 319-8924.