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Signs That It’s Time for Assisted Living

When is it the right time to consider long-term care services for a mother, father, family member, or other loved one? Below are several signs that it’s time for assisted living – sometimes, these signs come on very gradually or all at once, so be on the lookout.

1. Driving Issues and Car Damage

Driving can be a difficult topic to bring up with older relatives because it is an important component of their independence, but no matter what, safety for themselves and others needs to be the top priority.

When you look at your loved one’s car, do you notice scratches, dings, or dents that weren’t there before? Has your loved one mentioned that they’re “always getting lost” when driving? Have you noticed things like lane drifting or slower reaction times at stoplights when you’re next to them as a passenger in their car? All of these things may be signs that driving is becoming a safety issue.

2. Socialization Withdrawal

Socialization plays a vital role in the well-being of seniors, offering avenues for connection, mental stimulation, and emotional support that are crucial for maintaining a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle in their later years.

A loss of interest in hobbies once enjoyed or sitting out from activities with others could mean your parent or loved one is struggling with social withdrawal. This type of living situation can bring about depression, which means you may not be equipped as a caregiver to provide the right level of care for a parent or loved one struggling with depression or other mental health conditions.

3. A Disappearing Bank Balance

As individuals age, financial management becomes increasingly complex, and seniors may become more vulnerable to financial exploitation, making it imperative to remain vigilant for signs of declining financial health.

Older adults are one of the biggest targets for scammers and fraudsters. Keep an eye out for an increase in the number of checks they send to “charitable organizations,” the sudden appearance of a new friend with questionable financial advice, or mail arriving from mysterious brokerage firms.

4. Poor Medication Management

Many seniors take multiple medications a day for chronic conditions, but the older they get, the harder it can be to manage all of them.

Take a peek inside their medicine cabinet. Are their containers in disarray? Does it look like they are taking the right amount on a daily basis? Seniors may forget to take some medications altogether due to memory loss impairment or cognitive decline, which could lead to many health problems that require hospitalization.

5. Brittle or Dry Hair/Nails

Our hair and nails are made up of proteins, and we get the building blocks for them from the food we eat. The condition of hair and nails can indicate the quality of nutrition an older relative is receiving.

Unhealthy-looking hair and nails on your loved one can be a sign of worsening health. This could be due to having a harder time feeding themselves, among other reasons.

6. Loss of Appetite or Weight Loss

The maintenance of a healthy appetite and weight is not only crucial for physical well-being but also serves as a valuable indicator of overall health status in seniors, reflecting their ability to obtain essential nutrients and sustain vital bodily functions.

If your loved one seems to be losing interest in eating foods they used to enjoy, malnutrition isn’t the only concern. Loss of appetite can also be a sign of depression, which can impair an older person’s ability to perform many of their daily tasks to meet their personal care needs, such as showering, toileting, and more.

7. Increased Stress Levels — of the Caregiver

Managing caregiver stress is essential for preserving your own well-being and ensuring you’re able to provide optimal care for your loved one. Stress isn’t just a problem for seniors; it is also a physical health issue that affects a large proportion of in-home care providers.

Is your anxiety over the safety and well-being of your loved one increasing? Do you worry about them in their living space? Do you feel this stress is starting to affect your health and wellness? This could be the most telling sign that you need to practice self-care by getting help from an assisted living community or other senior care organization.

Assisted Living Can Help!

The stress you and your loved one are experiencing doesn’t have to affect your quality of life. Our senior living options (like memory care, independent living, and other nursing homes) provide access to medical care resources, health care services, nursing care, assistance with activities of daily living (ADLS), and many other benefits of assisted living.

Residents enjoy great food and activities with their peers, and they have peace of mind knowing that they no longer need to worry about everyday chores. Learn more about Avista Senior Living’s assisted living options, or schedule a visit at a community near you!

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