As we age, it is easy to notice how those around us are aging, but it is often difficult to realize we too are changing. Our minds may be bright and our hearts youthful, but at some point we begin to slow down and everyday tasks become more burdensome.
Perhaps it is becoming harder for you to leave your home as often as you’d like, which is leading to increased isolation in your life.
Perhaps your home is no longer accessible because of your changing needs. This may include a steep flight of stairs or uneven surfaces.
Below are a few important questions that you should ask yourself in determining whether you or a loved one may be ready for assisted living.
- Do you have a fear of falling and worry that there will be no one there to help you?
- Do you forget to take your medications? Do you know what they are for?
- Do you struggle getting ready in the morning?
- Do you feel lonely or depressed?
- Is your home less clean and tidy than it used to be? (Are laundry or dishes piling up?)
- Do you lose your balance in the shower?
- Have you been losing weight or don’t have an appetite?
- Do you find it uncomfortable to drive?
- Have you stopped attending many of the social activities you once loved?
Your physician can also be an excellent help in determining whether you or your loved one is ready for assisted living.
Many people wait until a medical crisis before considering or making the move to assisted living. The most difficult time to make a move is when your health is in question and your feeling weak. Don’t let that happen to you or your loved one.
The truth is, assisted living provides many levels of care and you can never move in too early. Making the decision to relocate early can allow you to stay independent and make the choices that are best for you. Assisted living provides supportive hands to handle the daily chores of shopping, meal preparation, and assistance with the activities of daily living and housekeeping with the benefits of having a physician, pharmacy, and lifestyle amenities in close proximity.