4 Signs It’s Time for Assisted Living
Deciding whether a loved one should enter assisted living is very difficult.
Deciding whether a loved one should enter assisted living is very difficult. Often, seniors can still be going about their activities as usual. And It’s also not uncommon for seniors to be stubborn and refuse help. But there are a number of small things that indicate they can no longer take care of themselves alone. Early detection is key, so it’s important to know what to look for before it’s too late. Read on below to find some telling signs.
1. Living in Their Home Is No Longer the Safest Environment
Stairs, slippery floors, and poorly lit rooms can become increasingly problematic as people get older. And because their bones are more brittle, seniors can be very seriously injured if they slip or fall. Seniors are also likely to have mobility issues, making it difficult to move around their houses and accomplish necessary tasks. In assisted living, the rooms are designed to be as safe as possible. And they have 24/7 monitoring. So if a resident does fall, you can trust they’ll be able to get help as soon as possible.
2. Needing Help with Everyday Tasks
Whether due to memory loss, mobility issues, or something else, another sign is if a senior has trouble with daily activities. In particular, if they no longer take care of personal hygiene. For instance, do they need help dressing? Taking a bath? Regular housekeeping? Assisted living centers can help with bathing, grooming, and dressing as much as people need. The apartments will stay in top shape thanks to housekeeping services.
Another very serious daily task is medication management. Mismanaging medication, such as forgetting to take one or mixing it up with another, can have serious hazards for seniors’ health. Solterra assisted living has medication management.
3. Changes in Health
Does your loved one have trouble getting enough nutrition? Have they lost weight? Do you need to remind them to get at least a little bit of exercise?
Assisted living helps to monitor seniors’ health and well-being. The medical staff is able to provide a care plan that best suits each individual’s specific needs. Assisted living also makes sure your loved one gets three delicious and nutritious meals a day. Also, Solterra assisted living offers many activities, a wellness center, and beautiful walking paths. These amenities will be great for physical and mental health.
4. Depression, Stress, and Isolation
Behavioral changes are a major sign that it’s time for assisted living. Sometimes, of course, it can just be a bad day. But increasingly becoming irate, impatient, or depressed is usually a sign of a greater issue. For instance, when seniors have greater difficulty with their daily tasks, they can become incredibly frustrated.
Another major problem for seniors is loneliness. Older individuals are less likely to seek out socialization opportunities. But as a result, they can sink deeper into serious depression. But Solterra assisted living makes seniors feel like part of a community. We have a range of different events and activities that will interest all seniors and enable them to make new friends.
Solterra also allows small pets. We know how helpful furry friends are for mental health and general well-being. So if your loved one is hesitant to enter assisted living because they don’t want to leave their beloved cat, tell them they don’t have to worry.
Here at Solterra assisted living, we want to ensure seniors have the highest quality of life. If your loved one is experiencing these signs, we have the resources, experience, and helpful staff to provide the care they need. You can find out more information on Solterra assisted living on our website. There, you can see each of our locations and also request a tour.