Five Signs Your Loved One May Be Ready for Assisted Living

April 17, 2015

Maybe you’ve noticed how your mom is not as active or social as she used to be. Perhaps dad has been forgetting to take his medication. Or maybe you opened your loved one’s refrigerator and found little to no food. Often, those you love may not realize they need more care than they can get at home. Or, they may know they need help but are struggling to accept it. Because of this, it often falls to family members to determine when a loved one is in need of assisted living help. 

Here are five signs it may be time to consider an assisted living community:

1. Fear of falling or trouble walking. Fear of falling or trouble walking may limit activities and social engagements. 
2. Changes in personal appearance. Seniors often have difficulty admitting they need help with grooming, dressing and basic hygiene.
3. Medical needs. When recovering from surgery or a heart attack or managing a condition like diabetes, small problems can quickly turn into larger health issues without the right medical attention.
4. Memory loss. Seniors with memory loss can overlook problems or dangers, forget to eat or take medication, or get lost. 
5. Hidden caregiver costs. Many caregivers miss work or have less time for children or spouses when they care for a loved one, and don’t stop to realize the financial and emotional costs involved. Learn more about the hidden costs of caregiving here.

If you begin to see any of these signs, it’s important to determine the level of care your loved one needs and investigate what options are available. Assisted living offers social opportunities for seniors while also providing care and support for daily activities like bathing, dressing and medication reminders. The earlier you recognize the signs that additional help is becoming a necessity, the more comfortable the transition can be for your loved one.

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