“How do I know if my loved one is ready for assisted living?”
This is one of the most common questions we get. The truth is, each individual is different and warning signs are rarely absolute or all-encompassing. However, there are a few behaviors and habits that can suggest it’s time to explore assisted living. Here are seven things to consider:
- Does your loved one regularly incur minor injuries? Have falls become a frequent occurrence?
- Have they grown increasingly forgetful? Do they forget to show up for appointments or other plans? Do they need constant reminders to take medication or eat (this can manifest itself in weight loss)?
- What does their social life look like? Are they in regular contact with friends or involved in activities that take them outside of the home?
- Does their house seem neglected? Is the living room full of clutter, and the kitchen full of dishes, expired food and lingering smells?
- Have you noticed changes in their appearance or grooming? Are they able to shower and get ready for the day without fear of falling?
- Do they have a chronic illness or injury that has escalated in recent months?
- Are you comfortable driving in the car with them? Are they alert and aware when on the road? Have they been involved in several fender benders or accidents?
While there are certainly other considerations to weigh, the sum of these factors can be indicative. If you are observing patterns of injury, forgetfulness, negligence or isolation, it’s wise to seek out professional counsel. Talk to your loved one’s primary care doctor to get at the root of these patterns and how you should respond.
How can we help? Reach a personalized healthcare consultant from Iris Memory Care today.