Assisted living is a facility where older people require personalized care and assistance with their daily needs. This includes help with dressing and grooming, meals and medication, laundry, and housekeeping.
There is no specific age for transitioning to assisted living. There are those who move after retirement, while others may wait till a later age. The situation is unique for everyone. About 70% of those turning 65 will need long-term care at some point in their lives.
When certain tasks are becoming difficult, it may be time to transition to assisted living.
1. Worsening Chronic Conditions
If health conditions continue to get worse, it may be time to move to a facility with trained staff and equipped medically to meet the needs of the person.
2. Forgetting Medications
If the person frequently forgets to take their medication, then it is time to get help before serious health problems occur. This could be the onset of memory loss.
3. Hygiene Issues
Forgetting to bathe and being unable to look after themselves and carry out basic daily tasks is another sign to look out for.
4. Caregiver Burnout
This happens when a family member has been looking after the older person, but can no longer do so, because of the increased challenges. It is likely time to look at how having professional help can benefit you and your loved one.
The senior can start to feel isolated and lonely, so an assisted living facility is a better option to meet people of the same age and in similar situations.
6. Poor Nutrition
Being unable to cook regular nutritious meals may be a sign that the senior needs assistance. Maintaining excellent mental and physical health requires a nutritious diet. A lack of fresh food shows the senior is unable to cater to himself or herself.
Transitioning to an assisted living facility is challenging and overwhelming for the elderly and those with chronic conditions. The senior may also resist the idea of moving. The family should take time and make the decision and involve the senior in the discussions.
While researching, visit the facilities to ensure they are equipped, staff are trained and professional and it is one where your loved one would feel most comfortable.