How to Know When It’s Time to Transition from Living Independently to Assisted Living
One of the most difficult things for many people as they witness an aging parent, grandparent, spouse, or sibling begin struggling with their own basic care at home is determining what the best thing for them might be. Assisted living can be a wonderful option for many aging seniors, but how can somebody determine whether now is the time to make that transition if the senior would be better off remaining where they are?
First, determine the level of care required.
This doesn’t necessarily mean they need a direct caregiver every single day, but if they are constantly calling on friends, neighbors, or family for help for a wide range of tasks throughout the day, this means the level of support and assistance they require is increasing. As people get older, especially as they move through their 70s, 80s, and 90s, they will lose more muscle, more strength, and more agility, which will directly impact their ability to take care of themselves safely.
If a senior requires support for at least a couple of days a week, even if it’s only for an hour or two at a time, assisted living could be a great option.
Second, are they feeling isolated and alone?
Far too often, as people age, as their spouse and friends begin passing away, they might become more isolated and alone. An assisted living facility can offer friendship, companionship, and the opportunity to take part in numerous activities, and make new friends and new connections along the way.
Third, are they safe?
If an elderly person is slowing down physically, if they take a long time to simply get up from a chair, lean on the wall as they walked down the hallway, or have other challenges getting into and out of the shower, going to the bathroom, or simply getting dressed, they may not be as safe as they would like to think.
Assisted living from a quality facility will have staff members ready to provide these basic support services to keep their residents safe.
Lastly, have they been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia will exhibit symptoms and even behaviors that will become progressively more challenging to deal with. If a person has recently been diagnosed with this or another type of dementia, memory care assisted living could offer a wonderful, comfortable, safe environment for them to maintain as high a quality of life as possible as they cope with this new reality of life.
For more information about assisted living in Alamo Heights, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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