Is It Time to Start Looking for a Senior Living Community?
Many seniors and their families tend to put off the decision to look into the possibility of moving into a senior living community. The process can seem overwhelming, triggering anxieties about loss of independence, affordability, change of lifestyle—and, in the near term, the difficult logistics of moving. But senior-care experts like us know how to help refer families to the best choices. We assist loved ones and those looking for themselves with concerns about the ability to live independently. We are here to help you start the search for senior living options.
One thing we’d like to stress is that there are many more senior living options available today than there were even a decade ago. More than ever, there is a focus on personalizing the living experience for every resident. Lifestyle options are tailored to individual needs and preferences, so residents can choose from the many services and amenities available to them.
The ideal time to begin to look is at least six months to a year before the move will become necessary. Waiting until your loved one is in urgent need of regular care may narrow your choices.
Signs Your Loved One Might Need Senior Living Arrangements
How can we tell when seniors might be ready for the services of a senior living community? Look for these signs.
• Depression or low mood. Do you observe a lower activity level? Are they seeing friends and partaking in activities they have loved for years?
• Loss of mobility. Are they having difficulty moving around their home, or going up and down stairs? Having trouble walking or being unsteady on their feet not only limits mobility but also puts them at risk for falls.
• Changes in routine. Do they show less interest daily routines such as cooking and cleaning? Illness or mobility issues could be keeping them from maintaining their usual routines. Are they taking care of themselves physically? Look to see if they are keeping up with basic daily routines such as bathing, brushing teeth and wearing clean clothes.
• Personality changes. Are you noticing different attitudes and habits? Memory loss, difficulty in performing familiar tasks, poor judgment, misplacing items, disorientation, rapid mood swings, increased apathy or passiveness are all early warning signs of Alzheimer’s. A doctor’s evaluation can help determine the cause and treatment for these symptoms.
Please feel free to contact us for more information about finding the best senior living option.