Is It Time to Move to Assisted Living?

Is It Time to Move to Assisted Living?
For many seniors, there comes a time when living at home alone becomes too much work. Grocery shopping, preparing meals, keeping up with the laundry, and completing maintenance chores are just too much. It becomes obvious that an older adult needs to downsize to a simpler life.

In other situations, the warning signs aren’t as obvious. Small tasks, such as climbing a ladder to change a light bulb or balancing a checkbook, become more challenging and this adds up over time.

If you are an adult child, you might be wondering if it is time for your aging parent to make a move to an assisted living community. These tips can help you make that determination.

5 Signs It Is Time for Assisted Living

1. Isolation and loneliness 

Socialization is an important factor in aging well. Unfortunately, older adults often find their social circles shrink with age. Friends move away to be closer to their children, and relationships you develop during your working life drift apart. Some seniors experience health issues that make them reluctant to drive.

Moving to an assisted living community can improve a senior’s quality of life. Life enrichment and wellness activities abound, as well as opportunities to meet people with similar interests and experiences.

2. Accidents and falls

Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults. They are often caused by an older home that isn’t designed with senior safety in mind.

Car accidents can also put a senior at increased risk for serious injury. For seniors who live alone, however, driving is often a necessity.

One suggestion is to reflect back on the last year. Did your senior loved one make more than one or two trips to a hospital emergency room because of a fall or some other type of accident? A pattern of falls and accidents may indicate that a senior may benefit from a move to an assisted living community.

3. Home maintenance struggles

Aging often causes physical strength to decline. This can make it more difficult to keep up with housework and yard maintenance. Mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, and cleaning out the refrigerator can be difficult and even unsafe.

If your senior loved one’s home is beginning to look a little tattered, it might be a sign they are struggling. Assisted living communities provide services and staff to help with maintenance, housekeeping, and laundry.

4. Difficulty leaving home

Studies show a positive correlation between leaving the house and longevity in older adults. Some seniors, however, face challenges that make that difficult to do. Mobility impairments and a lack of transportation are two reasons why seniors may struggle to get out of the house.

If your older family member has difficulty leaving their home on a regular basis, they may benefit from moving to assisted living. Most communities provide on-site life enrichment activities, as well as transportation services to make it easier to stay engaged with life.

5. Poor nutrition

Menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation can become more difficult to accomplish with age. This can lead a senior to skip meals or to rely on unhealthy convenience foods.

Assisted living communities offer well-balanced meals and snacks each day. Residents typically have their choice of meal times and menus.

Schedule a Private Tour

The best way to learn more about assisted living and if it is a good fit for a senior loved one is by visiting in person. We invite you to contact the Five Star Senior Living community nearest you to set up a time.