As our loved ones age, we face difficult decisions about what is best for them. One of those decisions is whether or not assisted living is necessary. While it is a tough decision to make, it is important to be aware of the signs that indicate assisted living might be the right choice.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a type of housing designed for people who need help with activities of daily living. This includes things like bathing, dressing, eating, and using the restroom. It also provides social and recreational activities as well as help with transportation.
Independent vs Assisted Living
It is important to understand the difference between independent and assisted living. Independent living is for people who are able to care for themselves but want to live in a community with others their age. Assisted living is for people who need help with some activities of daily living but do not need constant medical care. There is a range of care available in assisted living facilities that apply to a person’s unique situation.
Here are 11 signs that it might be time for assisted living
1. Difficulty with bathing
Have you noticed that your loved one is having difficulty keeping up with their personal hygiene? Maybe they aren’t motivated to bathe or are embarrassed because they can’t stand up the shower easily. As we age, it is totally normal to need extra assistance with bathing or even toileting. But it is also a sign that it is time for extra assistance. Assisted living facilities have trained staff who can help residents with bathing, dressing, and grooming.
2. Changes in the kitchen
Does your mom or grandma love to bake, but haven’t made anything in a while? Or maybe they’ve given up on a particular eating habit and are eating from a package 100% of the time, no longer making fresh food or dining out. Whether your loved ones eating habits drastically change, or they show little interest in being in the kitchen, these could be signs that they are in need of some assistance in taking care of their basic needs. Assisted living facilities have dining options to take the pressure off your loved one and give them the nutrition that they need to keep living their best life.
Many women deal with incontinence, and aging is no exception to this ongoing problem. Difficulty controlling bladder or bowel movements without a path to change could be a sign that they need medical attention – or simply that they need the extra assistance in their daily lives.
4. The house is falling apart
Have you noticed that your loved one’s home is in disarray? Maybe they haven’t been able to do regular cleanings, or there are bigger problems like a leak they cant fix, lightbulbs they cant replace, or the yard is getting out of hand. These could be signs that their home is no longer safe for them to live in independently.
5. They’re becoming more forgetful
We all have those “senior moments” where we can’t remember where we put our keys or what we went into the other room for. But there is a point when this becomes more serious, and your loved one may be forgetting things like bills, medications, or doctor’s appointments. This could be a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and is definitely something to bring up with their physician.
6. They’re socially isolated
Do you find that your loved one isn’t seeing people as much as they used to? Maybe they don’t have many friends left, or stopped going to their favorite social activities. Social isolation can lead to depression, so it is important to make sure that your loved one is staying connected in some way. Assisted living facilities have daily activities and social options available to help with this, and it may be the best option for your loved one.
7. Falls and accidents
If your loved one has ever taken a fall and couldn’t get up by themselves, you know how traumatic and difficult of an experience it can be – not only for you, but it can also be embarrassing and discouraging for your mom or grandma. It can be even worse if nobody is close by to help. In this case, an assisted living facility is an exellent option to have someone on stand by at all hours to help in situations like this.
8. Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
Do you remember how passionate your loved one was about their hobbies? Maybe they loved painting, or gardening, but lately they don’t seem as interested… maybe they have given up completely or can’t manage taking on any new projects. This could be a sign that they aren’t able to handle living on their own.
9. Ongoing health problems
Chronic illnesses will only get worse as someone gets older. Furthermore, they can also reduce the immune system’s resistance to infection, making it more probable to be sick more frequently and remain sick for longer periods of time. If your loved one is in need of around-the-clock care, it may be time to look for a long-term care facility that is staffed and equipped to provide ongoing medical services.
10. Becoming antagonistic or aggressive
It’s true that as dementia progresses, some patients become more aggressive. This is not due to a lack of care; rather, it is an indicator of the disease’s power. It is difficult to care for someone who is verbally or physically abusive. Individuals who are victimized by aggressiveness require the assistance of skilled experts who can handle them.
In addition to aggressive behavior, it is important to look out for Sundowner’s syndrome… this is when your loved one becomes more aggressive or agitated towards the end of the day.
11. Causing you or the caregiver too much stress
If you are doing all the work and it’s making you exhausted and stressed out all the time, it is time for a change. The majority of individuals who choose to care for their family on their own do so with a lot of love and goodwill. Unfortunately, many are not really prepared for the difficult challenges both emotionally and physically. There’s no need to be embarrassed about stating that you did your best; it’s now time to move on.
These are just a few of the signs that it may be time for your loved one to consider an assisted living facility. It is a difficult decision, but sometimes it is the best option to ensure their safety and well-being.
About The Williams Home
The Williams Home offers independent and assisted living options for ladies in Lynchburg, VA, that offers residents a wide range of services and amenities. Our staff is highly trained and compassionate, and our goal is to provide the best possible care for each and every one of our residents. Schedule a tour today to learn more about what we can do for you or your loved one. We look forward to hearing from you!