It can be one of the hardest things to tell your parent or another loved one that he or she needs more help. That is why it is important to determine the signs that it is time to consider moving into an assisted living facility.
Signs That an Older Adult Needs Assisted Living
- An empty refrigerator or filled with spoiled food
- The older adult is always wearing the same clothes daily
- Failure to clean and tidy the house and yard
- Forgetfulness of the older adult
- Strange or inappropriate behavior
- Signs of depression
- Bruises due to frequent falling or balancing problems
Perhaps it is time to consider the need to move to an assisted living facility. But what can you expect there? The need to do certain activities of daily living? This may involve things like cooking, going to the bathroom in the middle of the night, keeping the house, and traveling to some appointments.
Services at Typical Assisted Living Facility
- Three meals a day served in a dining area common for seniors
- Assistance when eating, bathing, dressing, and bathroom time
- Housekeeping services
- Access to health and medical services
- Medication management
- Laundry services
- Recreational and social activities
- 24/7 security
- Availability of staff to help with scheduled needs and unexpected issues
It would be stressful to plan about moving, regardless of your situation. Nevertheless, thinking about leaving your home for an assisted living facility can be a different story.
Of course, there are factors that can make you feel very vulnerable as a natural response to leaving your home.
But think that it is just normal to feel that way as it is just like losing your independence or a huge part of your identity. Talking to someone sympathetic in times like this can really help. You may also engage in counseling and therapy as an option where you can give yourself some time to grieve and get used to the change.
Tips To Make It Easier To Move To An Assisted Living Facility
It can be stressful in the beginning to consider living in an assisted living facility, but you can also do things to make the transition much easier.
- Stay busy
- Know what to expect
- Go easy on yourself
- Pack well in advance for the move
Support Loved Ones Moving To An Assisted Living Facility
- Acknowledge the feeling of loss when your loved one chooses to move
- Call and visit them as often as possible in the assisted living facility
- Work through the period of adjustment together after moving into the facility
- Help them personalize the living space they choose to move into
Choosing An Assisted Facility
- About The Staff
Check if the staff has time to speak with you or not. Are they friendly and interested in you? Find out if they interact warmly with current residents or they just seem overwhelmed or stressed out.
- About The Residents
Determine if the residents are happy and enjoying their interaction with one another. It will be more favorable if people look interesting to live with.
- About The Facility
See for yourself if the assisted living facility is clean and fresh all around. See if the facility is also safe and secure as it provides peace of mind to residents. Moreover, you can find out more about the food, and if the menu options favor your taste.
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