Deciding to move a loved one into a senior living community can be challenging. Whether your loved one is healthy and thinking about retiring or is beginning to struggle with personal care, determining if it’s the right time for senior living is a life-changing decision.
First, know you’re not alone. According to the American Health Care Association, there are over 800,000 Americans residing in assisted living communities.
Seniors moving out of a family home may struggle with leaving precious memories and long-term neighborhood friends behind. In addition, family members may also have a hard time selling a family home.
It’s perfectly normal to be stressed, overwhelmed, and even a little scared when contemplating a move to senior living. We’re here to help!
These questions can help you decide if senior living is the right decision for a loved one.
Is Your Loved One Struggling with Personal Care?
One of the first signs it may be time for senior living is a loved one having challenges with daily living activities (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, eating, or using the toilet. In addition, if a loved one’s once pristine home is showing signs of neglect, it may be time for additional help.
Senior living communities offer a maintenance-free lifestyle that includes daily help with personal care, laundry services, and housekeeping.
Would Your Loved One Benefit from Additional Social Opportunities?
Many active seniors are healthy but have difficulty socializing because of difficulty driving or limited mobility. Vibrant senior living communities like Vitality Living regularly organize events, activities, and local trips. In addition, residents also have access to incredible amenities like fitness centers, spas, beauty shops, walking trails, and dining areas.
Many seniors thrive and find that they love the fantastic social opportunities offered in retirement and active adult communities.
Is Safety a Concern?
Break-ins, falls, and injuries are significant concerns for seniors who live alone.
Senior living communities keep residents safe with 24-hour on-site security, safety features like guard rails, ramps, grab bars, medical personnel, and advanced security systems.
Are You Experiencing Caregiver Burnout?
Caring for someone your love is rewarding. However, managing the emotional aspects of caring for a loved one, working, maintaining a home, and caring for your family can take a toll.
If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, tired, resentful, or neglecting your physical and mental health, it’s time to ask for help.
Senior living communities have professionals that are not only there to take care of residents but they can also offer much-needed support to family members.
Are You Worried About Isolation?
Even the most well-meaning families may have difficulty visiting older loved ones regularly. A loved one showing signs of loneliness or depression should be taken seriously. Isolation and loneliness are significant concerns for seniors who live alone.
A Center for Disease Control report found that isolated adults are at a greater risk for physical ailments such as heart disease, stroke, and obesity. In addition, older adults who are isolated are also at risk for dementia, anxiety, and depression.
Having access to activities and being able to meet new people and make connections is crucial to the health and wellness of seniors. Senior living communities are the perfect environment to combat isolation and loneliness in older adults.
If you have additional questions or need more help deciding if senior living is right for your loved one, our Family Decision Guide can help! Visit Vitality Living to find a community in your area or to speak with a senior living professional.