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Making the decision to move into assisted living is never easy for anyone involved. It can be difficult for someone to realize that they’re going to have to give up their complete and total independence and move into a new place.
Some of the most important decisions are often the hardest, but it’s important when making the decision on your own or helping someone make the decision to go in it with a clear head and do as much research as possible.
If you or someone you know is on the fence to move to an assisted living facility, then check out these crucial hints that it finally may be time.
There Have Been Multiple Falls
Everyone has a moment where they trip or lose their step. If someone says they haven’t tripped, then they’re lying.
But, if you or someone you know has taken a big tumble recently then it might be time to consider assisted living. Falls can be minor, from nothing more than a cut or bruise, to something major like a broken hip. At their worst, those that fall may not be able to get up on their own.
Long Recovery Times
Everyone trips from time to time and everyone gets sick. The average adult will experience a handful of pesky colds each year. The average person usually shakes those off in a few days.
For some, however, the cold seems to linger and linger. If this is becoming a regular occurence, it could be a sign of bigger health issues and need for more care.
Poor Dietary Choices
Eating unhealthy is easy. You can order a pizza in 5% of the time it would take you to cook a whole meal. If you’ve noticed that your or someone you love’s diet has worsened, then they may need some extra help.
Look through the fridge to check on meals or see if there has been any drastic weight changes over the past few months. Both could be signs of potential issues. In an assisted living facility, they’ll be eating better and receiving any supplements they need.
Constant Driving Errors
If you or a loved one is still driving, you should check out how they are driving. Are they forgetting directions? Can’t remember how to get home? Lose track of where they are? Involved in a number of minor accidents?
If the answer to these is “yes” on a consistent basis, then talk with them about their driving or reconsider the time that you are spending driving.
Hygiene and Cleaning Issues
Noticing any hygiene issues when you’re around the person? Is the house or apartment looking dirtier and dirtier every time you visit? These could be pointing to signs that the person is losing control over basic functions and responsibilities.
An assisted living home will take a weight off their shoulders from having to consistently clean and make sure they are cleaning themselves regularly too.
Is the smallest thing setting you off? Do they seem to get mad about something every time you go over there?
In some cases, these outbursts could be associated with confusion or dementia. While you may not be able to help directly, assisted living facilities often have people and centers that will make sure they get the best care possible.
When you or your loved one stop participating in their favorite activities or seem to always skip on family dinners, this could be a huge red flag. Refusal to leave the house for days on end is detrimental for both their physical and mental health.
Living at an assisted living home means that they can be around plenty of different people and partake in many different activities. Before that, be sure to talk to them about why they are spending so much time at home.
A Worsening Medical Condition
You or your loved one could be affected by a chronic medical condition. Up until now, it may have been kept in check but staying healthy and happy could be more and more difficult with the passing time.
If a chronic condition is present, it would be better to be around people who are trained to deal with such issues and can give medical help at a moment’s notice. While a medical alert device could be worn, it will not provide the rapid response that people may need.