As we age, a decline in an area of health can be the cause of a decline in other areas of life, and vice versa sometimes. The things we once enjoyed can feel like a mountain of a task or, even worse, become dangerous. Below are a few indicators that it may be time to consider Assisted Living as a solution to improve you or your loved one’s overall condition.
1. Injuries are happening more often.
2.5 million seniors are treated every year for injuries related to falls, and in many cases, the damage is severe. Minor injuries become a much bigger deal the older you get, and if your loved one is suffering from them, then they likely need more day-to-day help than they’re willing to admit. Sometimes, rather than asking for help, they may avoid doing common things that feel risky, such as bathing, which then leads to hygiene issues.
2. Feeling more withdrawn and/or frustrated.
Loneliness can be as bad for a senior’s health as an illness. If they’re not getting out and remaining active, living somewhere where they can tap into a community without leaving could be the trick. Being surrounded by others who share their interests with can be encouraging, and always having a helping hand can restore confidence in their abilities.
Moving to an assisted living facility or nursing home is a significant transition, but the experience can be a positive one. Take time to find the home that best meets your loved one’s needs. At the end of the day, the move is about their safety and your peace of mind.
3. More frequent trips to the doctor or the hospital.
Check ups and follows up are a normal part of taking care of one's self. However, if visits are becoming more frequent than usual, it can be an indication that care needs are becoming more serious. Visits that are no longer routine, but on-demand for new ailments can indicate extra care being needed in the long-term. Unfortunately, we are not always equipped to provide this type of care to our loved ones.
4. Day to day tasks are becoming more difficult.
One of the most challenging parts of aging is memory loss. This is something we all experience over time; however, as we age, the degree becomes much more prominent, and therefore dangerous as it can affect other aspects of overall health.
Beyond general memory loss, Dementia & Alzheimers have become more prominent in this generation and can be difficult for everyone. Forgetting to take medications consistently can amp up currently ailments; forgetting to eat can lead to malnutrition, and running errands can cause confusion for those who are more progresses with their condition.
5. You find yourself checking on them more and more often.
We all want the best for our loved ones. We want them safe, healthy, and in good spirits. And sometimes feel no one knows and cares for your loved one the way you do. If this situation is still a bit fresh, you may find yourself checking on them more often or having a hard time leaving.
Trust your instinct. Professional opinions are extremely important when considering Assisted Living, however, if are you finding it harder and harder to leave your loved one alone because you fear for their well-being, chances are you are right. It’s time to incorporate a real solution.
These are all areas to consider when deciding how to help your loved one improve their lifestyle. If you’ve been experiencing some of these scenarios, then it might be time to include Assisted Living as a solution.
The Roosevelt House was designed for aging seniors to continue their lives and start a new chapter. Our goal is improvement. Improved health from being consistent, improved mood from social engagement, and less stress for the individual because they worry less about their difficulties and focus more on their abilities.
We offer several different services that allow you or your loved one to be successful in an Assisted Living home. We offer an in house Physician who comes into the community to do assessments, home health care who will come in to do physical or occupational therapy, and even a transportation service, should you not feel comfortable driving on your own. Social activities and meals are all provided here, and we encourage visitors.
Do you or your loved one need Assisted Living? Generally, once you see that decline or notice changes, it’s time to start thinking about alternatives and how to remedy those changes.