We’ve said it before, considering senior living for your loved one is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do as a family. Even harder when you don’t really know if it’s time or not. We’re often asked: “Is there a way to know for sure?” Most of the time there are a number of subtle signs rather than one telling event. Here’s what to look for to determine if your loved one could benefit from extra support in assisted living.
5 Telltale Signs It’s Time for Assisted Living
By answering the questions within each sign you’ll be able to better identify the areas in which your loved one may extra support But keep in mind that some signs are so gradual they’re hard to notice, unless you’re specifically looking, so don’t be too hard on yourself for not recognizing a “yes” sooner.
- Has your loved one left the door unlocked or opened their door to strangers?
- Have you experienced your loved one wandering or getting disoriented in familiar place?
- Have they left appliances on and/or confused the heat and cool setting on the thermostat?
- Have they fallen, or do vision issues, balance, medications and/or safety concerns in the home put them at higher risk?
2. Health & Nutrition
- Is it difficult for your loved one to get in and out of bed and/or their chair?
- Do they have trouble navigating stairs and/or around furniture?
- Have they had a recent health scare or trouble recovering from common illnesses?
- Are their chronic health conditions getting worse or harder to manage?
- Is your loved one suddenly unkempt and/or wearing dirty clothes?
- Have they experienced sudden weight loss or gain?
- Are there stale, expired foods in the pantry or a stockpile of certain items?
- Does your loved one opt for frozen dinners or take-out instead of cooking fresh food?
3. Daily Tasks
- Is it hard for your loved one to keep up with house cleaning, laundry, shopping and other chores?
- Is their home in disrepair and/or do they struggle to maintain the yard?
- Do they need help to shower, dress, go to the bathroom and/or manage their medications?
- Are there unpaid bill; have they been the victim of scams?
- Are their plants and/or pets well taken care of?
- Has your loved one had accidents or close calls while driving?
- Have you noticed dangerous driving: too fast/slow, tailgating, drifting across lanes or confusing the gas and the brake?
- Does their reaction time seem slower and/or their vision impaired?
- Are they easily distracted; have they gotten lost on the way home?
5. Social & Emotional Well-Being
- Does your loved one have a variety of social opportunities available?
- Are they avoiding activities which they previously loved?
- Do they have active friendships?
- Does your loved one seem moody and/or depressed?
An Easier Assisted Living Transition
If, after considering the questions above, you feel it may be time to consider assisted living for your loved one, there is an option that may help to ease the transition. Many seniors, and their families, are hesitant of the institutional feel and large campuses of traditional assisted living communities. However, boutique senior living provides residential care in a home setting. It’s an alternative that blends the comfort of home with the quality care and amenities of large communities – what we feel is the best of both worlds!
For example, our boutique senior living homes are specially crafted for assisted living with 16 residents at most and a nearly unheard of 1 to 5 caregiver to resident ratio. Your loved one will have the personalized attention, active lifestyle and amenities they deserve in a home environment that still feels comfortable and familiar.
For more information on assisted living at Shepherd Premier, schedule a virtual tour today or call (224) 333-6247 to speak to a team member.