Many senior citizens plan to live in their own homes for as long as possible. They enjoy the freedom and independence having their own place provides them and they flourish in their home. Some may do it all on their own, while others have family members who help with certain care tasks or they might have a senior care provider visit routinely and assist with household chores.
And while your senior loved one may have been managing wonderfully in her own home, there could come a time when you will need to look at other senior housing options for her. You might begin to notice things that indicate she’s not safe alone in her own home anymore and could be better cared for in some type of senior housing like assisted living. Assisted living communities are a type of senior housing that helps seniors transition from their home into a community that will provide medical, social, and emotional help in their later years.
Here are five signs your loved one might want to consider assisted living for her senior housing needs.
- Health Issues. If your loved one’s health has declined or now requires more round-the-clock care, a senior housing environment might be just what she needs to stay healthy.
- Inability to Complete Daily Living Requirements. Called ADLs (Activities of Daily Living), these are tasks that most of us don’t even think about as we do them. They can be activities like preparing meals, cleaning the house, or taking care of the pets. While having someone come to her home to help with a couple of them can be a solution, if your loved one has lost the ability to do most of them, assisted living might be a better solution.
- Medication Mismanagement. With many health issues comes a slew of medications to help the person manage the health issue and ensure it doesn’t progress. All of those medications can get overwhelming and if your loved one is missing dosages or combining her medications in an unsafe manner, an assisted living environment could help her safely keep her medication managed.
- Recent Falls. If your loved one has fallen several times recently, she would be safer in an assisted living facility which will ensure there are no tripping hazards in her living area. They can also have someone right on hand in case she does fall so you don’t need to worry about her laying on the floor somewhere for hours before anyone knows she’s fallen.
- Too Many Home Chores. If your loved one still lives in a large home by herself, it may be too much for her to manage. Do you see rooms that haven’t been entered in years? Is the garden overrun with weeds or is the lawn never being mowed? This kind of home can cause emotional stress and depression, making it time to move out.
Moving into senior housing is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Talk to a professional to help you with your loved one’s senior housing options to see if assisted living might be the best next choice for your loved one.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Housing in Nashville, TN, please contact the caring staff at Wellington Place today at (615) 377-1221
Providing Independent Living for Seniors near Brentwood, Nashville, Fairview, Goodlettsville, Lebanon, Mount Juliet, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Hendersonville, Gallatin, Nolensville, Franklin, and surrounding areas.
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