As you age, or as you see a loved one aging, you may reach that point where you wonder whether and how much care is needed. This is a difficult decision because no one likes the thought of giving up their independence. It is an even more challenging when you are in the position of making that decision for someone else, knowing you want to do the very best for them and their overall quality of life.
While making this decision, there are various levels of care that you can seek. One increasingly popular option is assisted living, where residents can maintain a degree of independence, while knowing they have support staff readily available to meet their specific needs. When considering assisted living, watch out for these signs that suggest it might be the best option for yourself or your loved one:
Many aging adults begin to consider assisted living once they start having significant mobility issues. Even aches and pains from arthritic joints can make assisted living appear as an enticing option. In assisted living, you can have your own private residence without all the physical demands that come along with home ownership. You can even get assistance with sometimes difficult tasks, such as laundry.
For individuals with greater mobility challenges, assisted living offers more than just convenience, it also offers peace of mind. Assisted living facilities offer amenities that support safe mobility and minimize mobility limitations. They are designed for aging adults to easily navigate and access the available amenities. Staff are often available to escort residents from one activity to another to ensure safety. Should you need assistance, trained help will be readily available to ensure you are safe and secure.
Facing significant memory loss may be one of the most devastating ailments for aging adults. It is difficult for not only the individual experiencing the memory loss, but the family as well. While the individual may seemingly be in good health otherwise, memory loss can put them at danger. Sometimes memory loss comes along with general confusion and even a loss of good self-care. If your loved one is experiencing such symptoms, you may feel unable to adequately care for them. This can certainly be an indicator that assisted living may be the right choice for your loved one and really the whole family.
Aging does tend to bring with it an increasingly complex health picture. Many older adults have one or more health problems and they may be prescribed multiple medications to manage their various symptoms. Many health problems can be difficult to manage both logistically and emotionally. It can be difficult to follow all the assigned medical care procedures. With other mobility limitations and memory loss, even basic medication management can become challenging for older adults.
In the past, many families kept their aging adults at home, but this is become more challenging. People often feel ill-equipped to provide the care they feel their loved one truly deserves. Assisted living can fill that gap with round-the-clock staff who are properly trained to provide that care. That being said, some older adults with particularly significant health concerns may warrant an even higher level of care.
As you consider the best option for your loved ones, keep these signs in mind. Talk to medical providers about their recommendations. Visit potential settings. Ask questions about the amenities and services that could be provided to the residents in their care. See what feels like the best fit.