Moving a loved one to an assisted living community can be difficult. Why? Simply put, most older adults want to maintain their independence as long as possible and often times, they do not even realize they may need help. For some, illness or disability will result in a loss of independence which forces the need for additional care. For others, fixed income or inability to maintain a home becomes the reason behind the move. In these cases, assisted living communities are often the best choice.
If you still aren’t sure whether or not it’s time for a conversation with your loved one about getting extended care, here are some common signs you should keep an eye out for:
Falls are the most common accidents older adults face on a day-to-day basis. In fact, nearly 25% of all adults over the age of 65 fall this year alone. If you have noticed an uptick in falls or even small accidents that cause bruising or cuts, it might be time to consider assisted living. Our attentive staff at Arbor View Assisted Living constantly checks in with residents to make sure they remain accident-free. Our facility was also built with safety in mind with features like handrails, fall alert systems, and more.
Lack of Personal Hygiene
Neglecting to do laundry or not showering/bathing regularly is a good indication that caring for themselves has become too much. It could be an issue with home safety (trouble getting in or out of the shower/bath) or just a lack of motivation to complete daily tasks. Regardless as to the reason, our facility is designed to prevent this with the help of handrails and walk-in showers, and our staff is always here to help with daily tasks.
Attitude changes or sudden weight loss is usually a sign that assisted living might be necessary. When older adults become more aggressive, it could be a result of a lack of socialization. Weight loss is often the result of not being able to prepare a meal properly or they maybe just forget. At Arbor View Assisted Living, we offer a full calendar of events to keep residents engaged, along with gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily.
Retirement is often a time when adults will indulge in their hobbies. Loss of interest in hobbies or activities that once brought pleasure is often a sign of depression. Depression can have a serious impact on overall health, especially in the elderly. Assisted living provides seniors with additional social and health-related support that can greatly improve morale and health.
If you have any questions about assisted living or would like to set up a tour, please contact us today.