Most seniors treasure their freedom and independence and want to live on their own for as long as possible. Many are able to do this throughout their retirement. But a number of seniors reach a point at which moving into an assisted living facility is a necessity. If you’re concerned that you or a loved one might be reaching that point, look for the following signs:
- Suffering more than one accident or close call: No matter how old you are, you can slip and fall at home or be involved in a car accident. But seniors who are having increased incidents like these—or many close calls—might need help that an assisted living facility can provide.
- Worsening health: It’s hard to take care of yourself when you’re sick. If you have a chronic health problem that’s worsening, it’s even harder. A decline in health without the hope of recovery could be a prime reason for an individual to move into an assisted living facility.
- Care of the individual is placing an unreasonable burden on others: Some seniors are lucky enough to have friends and family who can provide some limited care as they age. But when that care becomes difficult for friends and family to manage, it might be better to consider assisted living.
- Loneliness and home confinement are having a negative impact: An assisted living facility can provide activities and a social setting that’s hard for some seniors to get on their own.
- Difficulty keeping up with cleaning, shopping, finances and self-grooming: When a person has trouble taking care of themselves, their money or their living space, their quality of life can be greatly impacted.
Assisted living facilities strike a great balance between independence and care. They can help a senior keep his or her autonomy while ensuring they have a safe, clean environment with plenty of trained professionals around, relieving stress for both the resident and his or her family and caregivers.