3 Signs Your Loved One Should Move to Assisted Living

You may have noticed some changes in your aging parent or spouse lately. Maybe their health needs are increasing, they’re having more trouble with day-to-day activities, and you’re worried about their ability to continue living independently. How do you know if it’s time to consider assisted living? Here are three clear signs that a move to an assisted living community may benefit your loved one.

1. Their Home Is Not Safe Anymore

If your loved one is having frequent falls, can no longer climb or descend stairs, or is struggling to complete their daily routine, this indicates they may no longer be able to safely live alone. Assisted living communities provide 24/7 oversight and assistance to reduce these safety risks. Staff can remind residents of mealtimes, escort them to the bathroom, and make sure walkways are clear. If you dread getting “the call” when you’re at work, assisted living delivers reliable support.

2. Meals and Medications Are Being Missed

Is the pantry mostly empty at your loved one’s home? Are there expired groceries and medicine in the cabinets? Missing meals and medication can perpetuate existing health issues. Assisted living communities oversee medication administration and provide nutritious restaurant-style dining options. With this daily assistance, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your loved one is eating properly and taking their medications as prescribed.

3. Loneliness and Isolation Have Set In

Without regular social interaction, seniors decline faster both mentally and physically. If your loved one sits at home alone most days with minimal socializing with others, this isolation can seriously impact their well-being. Assisted living offers an engaged community with group activities, events, communal dining, and built-in companionship with other residents and caring staff members. This daily social engagement drastically improves seniors’ moods and lives.

The transition process can feel emotional and overwhelming for families. However, it’s one that many families go through. According to Forbes, over 800,000 seniors above the age of 65 live in assisted living communities in the United States. Remember that these communities exist to help shoulder the caregiving burden so your loved one can truly thrive in their senior years. By picking up on these common signs early and seeking supportive senior living, you’ll give them the gift of safety, community, and improved well-being. If you’re looking for the right assisted living community for your loved one, reach out to Calvin Community today to tour our facility.

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