Are you wondering if your loved one needs more assistance with day-to-day living? Around 69 percent of adults over the age of 65 will need long term care at some point in their lifetimes.
Making the decision to encourage a loved one to an assisted living facility can be hard. Here are some signs your loved one needs assisted care.
1. Frequent Falls or Injuries
Falls are the leading cause for injuries, fatal or non-fatal, for Americans over 65. Every 11 seconds an elderly person is seen in the emergency room for injuries in a fall. Minor injuries are a bigger deal as a person ages.
If your loved one is falling more frequently or you notice more frequent accidents or close calls, your loved one may need more help. Falls can go undetected for a while, but at an assisted living facility, the staff is around 24/7 to make sure your loved one is safe.
Another thing to consider is your loved one’s home. Does he have to walk upstairs? Is the home isolated or on a busy street?
If you answered yes, you should think if this home is safe for your loved one. It can be difficult to leave a home, but safety should be your number one concern.
2. Having Problems with Simple Tasks
Simple tasks that we take for granted can start to become difficult as a person ages. For example, it can be hard for an older person to do laundry, pay bills, make meals, or clean the house. It can be painful to move items to a different room or clean.
How about driving? Do you feel safe knowing your loved one is driving around? If a person cannot transport herself to and from the house, it may be time to consider a facility that will handle the transportation, so you don’t have to worry.
If you notice your loved one is having issues with these simple everyday tasks, he or she may need some help.
3. Health Declines
As people age, the chances of declining health and developing a chronic medical increase significantly. Around 90 percent of older adults have at least one chronic medical condition in the U.S., and 73 percent of older adults have two or more conditions.
If your loved one’s health changes, he may likely need more medical attention and have issues caring for himself. Frequent doctor visits can be difficult, and most likely, you do not want your loved one to drive. If you find your loved one needs the doctor more often, you may want to consider regular monitoring at a professional facility to help ease your mind.
4. Monetary Problems
Keeping up with financial responsibilities can be difficult for aging seniors. Some seniors forget to pay bills, don’t have the motivation to do so, or don’t have the financial means to do so.
Seniors are also targets for financial scams, which can devastate them financially. If you notice a pile of unpaid bills, you need to address the situation and see if there is a way to streamline the process to avoid financial hardship.
5. Weight Loss and Other Hygiene Issues
A person needs to eat well to survive and be healthy. If you notice your loved one is losing a significant amount of weight, it could be a sign she is having a hard time cooking or losing appetite, which is a sign of a bigger problem.
Your loved one may need assistance to make sure she eats enough. Assisted living facilities prepare all the meals and also monitor how much each resident eats if needed.
Along with weight loss, you need to monitor your loved one’s basic hygiene. Does he look groomed? Did he bath recently?
If you notice your loved one looks messy or has a body odor, this could indicate she isn’t bathing regularly or doing laundry. She could be lacking the ability to care for herself and performing daily hygiene tasks.
You should also check to make sure the elderly person is taking the medicine as prescribed. Not taking medication can be dangerous, and some aging seniors forget to take the needed medicine.
No one likes to live in isolation, and senior isolation can lead to serious problems. Around 12 million Americans over the age of 65 live alone. Living alone can affect a senior’s health.
It limits social interactions, decreases leaving the house, and can cause depression. Seniors can become depressed when they don’t have interaction, and this can spiral into other conditions like an addiction.
An assisted living facility offers social interactions with other seniors. They put together activities to keep your loved one entertained and keep his mind sharp.
7. Messy Living Space
Along with messy hygiene, a dirty home can show that a senior should not live alone. The senior may have issues physically cleaning her home. If your loved one typically keeps a clean home and all of a sudden the home is messy, this is a sign she needs help.
Take a look around your loved one’s home and look for dirty dishes, piles of dirt, clutter, or anything out of the ordinary. You should also check out the fridge to look for spoiled food or to see if there is enough healthy food to eat full meals.
Look for signs that your loved one can’t cook for herself anymore or can’t do simple cleaning tasks like vacuuming or washing dishes. If you see several leftovers from the same restaurant, this is a sign your loved one is not cooking and not eating healthy meals.
Assisted Care Final Thoughts
Moving to assisted care is a big decision. If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to consider this move for your loved one. You need to consider the person’s overall health and safety.
Assisted living facilities give residents companionship, healthy meals, constant care, and help with daily living. You can be sure your loved one is safe.
Ready to start exploring assisted living? Schedule a tour of our facility today to see how we can help your loved one live a healthy and happy life.