Is It Time to Seek Out Senior Care? 5 Questions to ConsiderAugust 06, 2018
Making the decision to move into an assisted living community can be challenging. As we age, change gets more difficult. We may want to maintain our same level of independence, despite signs that we may be struggling to fully care for ourselves.
When Is It Time for Assisted Living?
Unsure if now is the right time? During this phase, it’s important to start doing a little research, accessing helpful resources related to senior living, senior health, and senior happiness. Well, you’ve come to the right place; that’s what our blog is all about!
To help you get started, we’re listing a few questions to consider.
Signs of Falling
Seniors are at increased risk for falls, which can lead to serious injury. Look for signs of falling, such as unexplained bruises or injuries.
Senior apartments are designed with safety in mind. Design modifications include things like grab bars for showers, elevator access, and walk-in closets.
As we age, we may start to lose interest in the hobbies or people that once brought us joy. Senior isolation can lead to severe depression and a poor quality of life.
Senior living communities offer seniors with a group of like-minded peers to connect with. Plus, communities like those managed by Blue Harbor offer an amazingly fun and varied calendar of activities; a fantastic way to connect with friends and discover hobbies old and new!
Is your senior loved one wearing clothes that are stained or dirty? Are they forgetting to brush their teeth or bathe? These are all signs that they could use a little extra help. Most assisted living communities offer help with laundry and grooming.
Is your loved one showing signs of increased forgetfulness, such as forgetting to pay bills on time, forgetting important names or events, or forgetting to turn off the stove? These are all signs that they are having trouble organizing and managing their lives on their own.
More extreme forgetfulness may point to memory loss. Many of our communities have specialized Memory Care Programs to assist seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Are you or your loved one experiencing an increase in car accidents or traffic tickets? Aging can impact our ability to operate motor vehicles. If your loved one is exhibiting signs of reckless driving, it could be time to have a talk—and make a change.
Having the Talk
The above signs are not an exhaustive list, but they are a good starting point. Broaching the topic of assisted living with your senior loved one can be challenging; please access this resource for tips.
If you or a loved one are ready to transition into senior living, we’re here to help. Reach out to us with questions and explore our wide range of senior living communities.
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