Five Signs the Time Is Right to Move into Assisted Living
We are all individuals, and our needs are individual too. What is right for one person is not necessarily right for another, which is why it can be hard to make difficult decisions such as when to move into an assisted living facility. However, by talking to friends, family and medical professionals as well as being honest about how you are coping, you will know when the time is right. Here are five signs that you may be ready to move into an assisted living facility.
You Find It Hard to Care for Yourself
As our bodies age, everyday tasks can become more difficult. Joints weaken, making it difficult to do simple jobs such as lifting a kettle or saucepan or bending to clean out the cat’s litter tray. Medical conditions such as arthritis and glaucoma can make it harder to cope around your home. If you are struggling to take care of yourself, it may be time to move into assisted living.
You Are Becoming Increasingly Forgetful
Forgetfulness is a sign of aging, but when it impacts your ability to look after yourself it could be time to move into an assisted living facility. If you can no longer remember whether you’ve taken your tablets or if you turned off the oven, you may be putting yourself and others in danger. Moving into a facility such as Brentwood assisted living can help you gain a new lease of life and quell the worries your loved ones have about your safety.
You are Lonely
Companionship is important and many seniors living alone fail to thrive due to lack of social interaction. Moving into an assisted living facility will ensure you are able to interact with others – residents, family members and staff. Your social life will improve which can have a positive impact on both your physical and mental health.
Your Medical Team Recommends It
If you are under the care of a medical team, listen to the advice given by health care professionals who know your circumstances. Even if you feel you can cope in your own home, listen to medical staff. They may be preparing you for the future if your health is likely to deteriorate or feel you will get better quality care from specialists at an assisted living facility that will improve your standard of living.
Your Family Are Worried About You
Our family know us better than anyone, so if yours are concerned about your health and wellbeing, don’t flat out dismiss their concerns. Listen to their reasons for being worried and, if you feel they are unfounded, explain why. Even though it can be hard to hear loved ones say they think you are struggling to cope at home, remember that it is usually being said because they care.
When the time is right to go into an assisted living facility, take time to find one that best suits your needs. This will be your home, so you need to be happy and comfortable.