If you are in the process of considering a move for a loved one to any of the assisted living facilities around, it can be a stressful time. When is it right? The over 85 population will double by 2036 and triple by 2049, according to ConsumerAffairs. If you are wondering when the time is right, here are four signs.
1. Self-Neglect Signs
Sometimes older individuals have changes in their hygiene and self-neglect. This can be for many reasons including depression, physical impairment, or declining mental status. Some of these self-neglect signs are body odor or greasy hair, weight loss or malnutrition, and dehydration. You can also look for poor medication management, no food in the home, unopened mail, and unsanitary home conditions. Self-neglect can usually be seen in its early stages only with regular check-ups to the home.
2. Declining Health Signs
If your loved one has a chronic condition that is sending them into a declined health state, an assisted living facility may be perfect for them. Around 80% of aging adults have one chronic condition and 77% have at least two, according to the National Council on Aging. Trained staff members can take care of your loved one and assist them with their needs.
3. Safety Hazard Signs
Seniors that have trouble with the stairs or navigating their home may have serious safety concerns when living alone. Mental incapacity of forgetting things and wandering can also trigger a safety concern. If you have doubts about your loved one’s safety or see their mental decline and are concerned for their well-being, assisted living facilities are trained to help.
4. Isolating Signs
Have you noticed that your seniors aren’t as active as they once were? Isolation can be from physical or mental conditions like deafness or mobility problems. No matter what the reason is, they have the same result. Isolation is never a good sign and can signal a need for assisted living.
When you notice the signs above, it’s time for the next steps. If you’re considering a move to assisted living facilities, we can help. Get in touch with Addington Place at College Harbour today to learn more. We have the tools and knowledge to keep your loved one healthy.