There are many signs that it might be time to move into an assisted living community. If you notice any of these warning signs in your everyday life, assisted living might be the best option. Let’s take a look at five of the most common signs.
1. Increased stress
Are you irritable, depressed or lethargic? All of these are signs of increased stress due to an inability to complete tasks. Other signs of increased stress can be a lack of appetite, weight loss, lack of interest in nutrition and overall depression. Reduced responsibilities and living in assisted living means less stress.
2. Feelings of loneliness
The pandemic has caused many of us to feel more lonely these days, but these feelings can get worse as we age and lose friends and family members. In assisted living , there are staff members available and you’ll have other residents to meet and build relationships with.
3. Reduced ability to perform daily tasks
Driving is an activity that gets more difficult as we age and also comes with heightened risk. Signs of a reduced ability to drive could be dings or scratches on the car (or in the area wherever the car is parked). Other examples of daily tasks that can be difficult to do include taking medications, cooking, housekeeping and yardwork.
4. Poor hygiene
Poor hygiene and the lack of ability to care for oneself is the number one sign you need assistance. In assisted living, staff members can help with hygiene and help you feel and look your best. Assistance with mobility is also available depending on your needs.
5. Managing finances
Many older adults are at a much higher risk for fraud and having finances get out of their control. If the bank balance disappears and you can’t remember where the money was spent, it might be a sign that you need a family member or close friend you trust to assist with managing your finances.
If you think it is time to consider moving into an assisted living community), contact us at The Glen to discuss your options.