The realization that your parent or loved one is getting older and may not be able to do the things they once did is a challenging, emotional journey. The decision to consider options other than staying home is difficult. Changes often happen gradually, so paying attention to even the smallest shifts that impact quality of life is important.
Your loved one may experience diminished safety, an increased need for assistance with health or personal care, or a desire for more social engagement to combat isolation.
When these shifts begin to negatively impact daily life, it is a good time to consider a community that will not only maintain but improve your loved one’s quality of life.
Exploring senior living options before an emergency or health crisis arises is ideal. This gives you time to choose the best community, plan financially, and prepare for the emotional impact of such a change.
Signs it may be time for assisted living
- Loss of partner or spouse
- Slow recovery or complications from an illness
- Difficulty managing day-to-day activities
- Noticeable weight loss or weight gain
- Loss of ability to drive, car accident or near-accident
- Increased isolation
- Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
- Inability to manage a chronic health condition
- Inability to properly manage medications
- Loss of mobility
- Signs of neglecting regular household maintenance
- Macular degeneration
- Signs of memory loss
- Neighborhood has changed, no longer knows neighbors well