The decision to help move an aging adult into a senior living facility can be an emotionally charged and complex decision. Above all else, you want your loved one to feel safe, happy and secure in whatever living situation is best for them. While every situation is different, our assisted senior living professionals recommend keeping an eye out for the following red flags to make the best informed decision for you and your loved one.
Chronic Health Conditions
If your loved one has a chronic health condition such as dementia, congestive heart failure or COPD, admitting them to a senior living facility will help ensure they are receiving the daily personal care and attention they need.
Difficulty Managing Daily Activities
Does your loved one have difficulty performing basic daily activities? Activities of daily living (ADLS) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLS) are basic self-care tasks that individuals should be able to perform on their own. ADLS are akin to skills learned in early childhood like feeding, grooming, putting on clothes, bathing and walking among others. IADLS include slightly more complex skills like managing finances, driving, preparing meals, shopping and housework. Together, ADLS and IADLS represent the basic skills that need to be performed in order to live as an independent adult. If you need help determining what kind of assistance your loved one needs, get in touch with a Renaissance Assisted Living professional today.
Noticeable Weight Loss
Is your loved one looking thinner than usual? If going to the grocery store and preparing nutritious meals has become too much of a burden, consider looking into a senior care facility.
A serious sign that it may be time to consider a senior living facility is if your loved one experiences confusion or memory loss when it comes to taking their daily medication. The ramifications of skipping a pill or mixing the wrong ones could result in injury or even death.
Depression & Loneliness
It might be time to consider moving your loved one to a senior living facility if they have become increasingly depressed, lonely or needy. The solitude that comes with elderly living is one that can be combated through the social interactions and activities provided by a professional care facility.
The time to transition a loved one into a new way of living is never an easy decision. Senior living communities like Renaissance Assisted Living in Richfield will help provide your loved one with a more fulfilling and healthy future.