Is It Time To Consider Assisted Living For Your Loved One?
If you’re thinking about whether or not it’s time for your parent or loved one to move to an assisted living community, we understand how difficult it can be for everyone involved. How do you know what’s best? What factors should be taken into account when considering this life change? What signs should you be looking for to help make your decision? Understanding all the variables can be overwhelming, but here are some indicators that it may be time to initiate the next step.
According to the National Council on Aging, 80% of older adults suffer from at least one chronic disease and 77% have two or more conditions. Rather than trying to handle your loved one’s declining health on your own, it may be beneficial for them if you partner with a team of professionals who are dedicated to their well-being. In assisted living, you can partner with a team of professionals to determine a unique care plan based on their needs and preferences.
Pay attention to differences in your loved one’s habits that could indicate reduced independence, such as unwashed hair, stained clothes or unkempt fingernails or facial hair. Hygiene is often one of the first things neglected by an older adult facing mobility issues and/or memory loss, and you also may notice signs of weight loss or dehydration, poor medication management or important mail left unopened.
Older adults who live alone often have fewer social ties and may be more isolated due to memory loss, hearing impairment or mobility issues. Isolation is a risk factor for early mortality, as it is associated with cognitive decline, depression, chronic diseases and dementia. According to AARP, seniors exhibiting withdrawal, loss of interest in personal hygiene, poor nutrition or hoarding could be suffering from social isolation.
Consider whether your loved one would be confident in responding appropriately to emergencies like taking a fall, having a medical scare or getting in a fender bender. Also take time to assess your loved one’s mobility and balance as it relates to the safety and accessibility of their home. It may be time to move before an accident occurs.
There are many parts of daily life that may become difficult for seniors to keep up with on their own. If mental or physical limitations are hampering their ability to take care of themselves properly, a little help could make a big difference while also providing increased social opportunities, safety and accessibility.
Every situation is different, but if your loved one is showing several of the above signs, it may be time to start a conversation about transitioning to an assisted living community. At The Club at Boynton Beach, we recognize each individual’s unique needs and work with families to create a personalized care plan, ensuring your loved one has fresh, healthy meals, help with bathing and grooming, medication management, scheduled transportation for appointments and much more. Here are just some of the many advantages you’ll find at our community.
Benefits of Assisted Living at The Club:
- Decreased isolation – Residents thrive at our community with an abundance of opportunities for social interaction, health and wellness programs, group activities and other events.
- Carefree living – Housekeeping, cooking and home maintenance are all taken care of so residents are free to do what they enjoy.
- Professional care – Assisted living at The Club means your loved one has help with bathing, grooming, medication management and much more.
- Safety and security – Secure entrances and wireless call systems provide reassurance, while trained and caring staff are ready to assist 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
- Peace of mind – With the dedicated attention of a team of assisted living professionals, you can feel more confident that your loved one is in a safe, secure and supportive environment.