Making the decision to move a loved one into an assisted living home is not easy. It can be hard to let go and admit that someone we love needs help. However, sometimes it is the best thing for them. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the signs that it might be time to make this difficult decision.
1. Changes in Behavior
As people age, it’s normal for them to slow down and need more help with day-to-day tasks. But sometimes, this behavior change can signify that it’s time to move your loved one into an assisted living home. If you’ve noticed your loved one is having trouble with personal care, such as bathing or dressing, this could be a sign that they need more help than you’re able to provide.
Other changes to look for include difficulty with cooking or housekeeping, problems with medication management, and drastic weight changes. Additionally, if your loved one has become isolated and withdrawn, this could be a sign that they need more social interaction. Finally, if your loved one is starting to experience memory problems or changes in mood, it may be time to look into assisted living options that can provide more support.
2. Declining Health
As people age, their health starts to decline. If your loved one’s health is declining, this can be another sign that it’s time to consider assisted living. If they have more chronic or recurring health problems, this could mean they need more help than you’re able to provide at home. Additionally, if they are starting to experience cognitive decline, such as memory loss or mood changes, an assisted living facility can provide the support they need.
Remember these health problems will likely inhibit your loved one’s ability to live independently, so it’s important to keep an eye out for them. If you’re noticing any of these changes, it may be time to start looking into assisted living options.
If they are susceptible to illness, it’s also a good idea to move them into a home. Homes are better able to take care of their patients. Since we’re still going through the pandemic, as the WHO reports that the positivity rate needs to be below 5% to be cleared, it’s better to do this now.
3. Recent Falls
Slip, fall, and trip injuries account for roughly 25% of all reported injury claims each fiscal year. If your loved one has taken a fall or two, it may be time to consider an assisted living home. A fall can often lead to serious injuries, including broken bones and head trauma.
Remember, if your loved one lives alone, it may be difficult for them to get the help they need if they’ve fallen and can’t get up. There will always be someone nearby who can help if your loved one falls in an assisted living home.
4. You Are Experiencing Caregiver Burnout
If you’re the one providing care for your loved one, you may be experiencing caregiver burnout. Caregiver burnout is a real phenomenon characterized by exhaustion, depression, and anxiety. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, it’s important to get help.
An assisted living home can provide the respite care you need to avoid burnout. In an assisted living home, your loved one will be well taken care of so you can take some time for yourself. Don’t feel guilty about taking a break – you deserve it!
5. Wandering Off
One of the biggest dangers for seniors is wandering off. Wandering is a common symptom of dementia and can often lead to dangerous situations.
Many assisted living homes have safety features in place, such as security cameras and secure entrances and exits, to help keep your loved one safe. Additionally, most homes have staff on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that your loved one is always taken care of.
There are many signs that may indicate it’s time to move your loved one into an assisted living home. If you are experiencing any of the above signs, it is important to consult with your loved one’s doctor and consider your options. Remember, there is no shame in seeking help. In fact, there are over 800,000 Americans currently living in assisted living facilities, and this number is only growing. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you need it.