When Is the Right Time to Move to Assisted Living?

When Is the Right Time to Move to Assisted Living?

It is common for families to never ask one another, when is the right time to move to assisted living? This is natural, as most people want to stay in their own homes for their entire life.

While remaining in your own home is a possibility for some, the facts show that many people will live for at least a couple of years in an assisted living building or in a nursing home. If you suspect a loved one would benefit from a care facility, it is time to start asking when a move to another situation is appropriate. Talk through options with a professional if you have concerns.

Having Troubles with Day-to-Day Tasks

If you or an older adult you love is having difficulty with daily chores and tasks, it may be time to look into other living arrangements. This could be a combination of things. Your loved one might have trouble making meals and keeping bills paid. Maybe they are confused about the time of day. In another scenario, an elder you love could not be doing laundry, have a pile of dirty dishes, and their personal hygiene might not be optimal. Each situation is different, and signs of needing help can vary from individual to individual.

Injuries and Harmful Situations

A safe environment is essential. Which safety measures need to be in place depends on what the limitations are for the elderly adult you love.

For example, falls become more common as we age and injuries from falling range from minor to severe. While regular exercise and good nutrition can help to prevent falls, if there are mobility issues bigger steps might have to be put in place. For instance, you could add handrails to bathroom walls. Trip hazards can be removed. Furniture with sharp edges can be donated. Kendall can help to assess your situation and provide ideas for improvements with a house call.

That said, a time may come where even with preventative measures in place may not be enough. Sometimes, the right time to move to assisted living is when a home is unsafe. If there are hazards for you or an elder you love, it is time to consider a move.

Loneliness and Social Isolation

Sometimes asking when is the right time to move to assisted living is not due to physical concerns but it connected to isolation issues. This is because loneliness can be detrimental. If an older adult you care for is not active in their community, acknowledge that loneliness. Isolation can be a significant predictor of poor health. Staying active is important for an individual’s overall wellness. There are many impacts of loneliness, including anxiety and depression.

While it can be uncomfortable when making the transition to an assisted living facility, for some it is extremely positive once the change is made. If you find the right community for your loved one, they may be more engaged than they were at home.

Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.

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