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3 Signs It's Time to Consider Assisted Living for your Loved One

As our loved ones age, their needs inevitably change. While many seniors maintain vibrant, independent lives well into their later years, there are times when additional support may be necessary. Recognizing the signs that assisted living might be the right choice for your loved one can be a difficult but crucial step in ensuring their safety, health, and happiness. At Parkview Assisted Living, we want to help you identify these signs so that you can feel confident in your care decisions.

1. Struggle with Daily Activities:

Everyday tasks like bathing, dressing, cooking, and cleaning can become increasingly challenging as we age. If your loved one is struggling with these activities on a regular basis, it's a sign that they may need more assistance. Difficulty maintaining proper hygiene, preparing nutritious meals, or keeping their living space clean can negatively impact their physical and mental well-being. Assisted living communities provide the support and assistance needed to ensure basic needs are met and daily living tasks are manageable, preserving your loved one's independence and dignity.

2. Changes in Safety and Health:

Falls, medication mismanagement, and forgetfulness are all common concerns for older adults living alone. If you notice your loved one experiencing any of these issues, it's time to consider assisted living. These facilities offer a safe and secure environment with 24/7 staff presence to help with medication management, monitor health, and prevent accidents. Additionally, many communities provide on-site medical care, ensuring prompt attention to any health concerns. This proactive approach to safety and health minimizes risks and offers peace of mind for both you and your loved one.

3. Social Isolation and Loneliness:

Social interaction is vital for mental and emotional well-being, especially for seniors. If your loved one lives alone or has limited social interaction, they may be experiencing loneliness and isolation. This can lead to depression, anxiety, and even cognitive decline. Assisted living communities offer a vibrant social environment with opportunities to connect with peers through shared meals, organized activities, and outings. This creates a sense of belonging and combats loneliness, improving your loved one's overall well-being and quality of life.

Remember, the decision to explore assisted living is a personal one. There's no one-size-fits-all solution, and timing is crucial. Observe your loved one's needs and behavior, and open communication with them and other family members is essential. Consider contacting resources like:

  • The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL): A non-profit organization advocating for quality assisted living communities and offering comprehensive information and resources for families.

  • The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA): Provides supportive services and resources for family caregivers and advocates for their needs and well-being.

  • The Administration for Community Living (ACL): A branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services that offers valuable resources and information on senior care options, including assisted living.

Finding the Right Fit:

When you're ready to explore assisted living options, prioritize factors like location, cost, services offered, amenities, and resident reviews. Typically, the search begins online for most families. Parkview is dedicated to helping members of our community make the right choice for their situation. If you have any questions about the decision to move yourself or a loved one into an assisted living community, feel free to reach out to us and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Have any Questions? Call us at 859-236-1557


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