Your elderly loved one may not say it directly but they may need some assistance in carrying out their day to day activities. Senior assisted living can be necessary in some instances. Here are some signs your elderly loved one may need assisted living.
Frequent bruises and other signs of injury
When you notice bruises or other signs of injuries frequently on your senior loved one, ask about it immediately. Although everybody goes through minor accidents, if these are too frequent, it may be a sign of falling, or problems with mobility and balance. Your home or your loved ones home may not be as equipped safety equipment such as rails or wheelchair ramps. In this case, transitioning to a senior assisted living facility may be required to prevent injuries and ensure safety.
Do you notice that your parent or loved one is wearing the same items of clothing repeatedly? Do they look like they have been neglecting their personal hygiene? In this case, it is possible that your elderly loved one may be encountering challenges in doing the laundry or bathing. The act of bathing or doing the laundry may be causing them pain or discomfort. Assisted living facilities have staff that is equipped in assisting seniors with their hygiene needs. Transitioning to this kind of arrangement may be best in making sure they are comfortable.
Poor eating habits
If you notice a negative change in the weight and appearance of your elderly loved one, eating habits should be one of the first things you should investigate about. If your loved one is living alone, check the contents of their fridge. Is it empty? Is it filled with unhealthy or spoiled food? Chances are they may not be preparing healthy meals because shopping for food may be difficult for them. Transportation may not also be available. Another factor is if your loved one is experiencing physical discomfort that is hindering them from being able to cook and clean up. Inside a senior living facility, this is well taken care of. Depending on the type of facility, they can be able to receive meals that are already prepared for them. Some facilities assist the elderly when it comes to shopping, storing or preparing their food.
For a lot of seniors, forgetting things may happen frequently. Some seniors adjust to them well and have devised strategies to help them remember. However, to some seniors this may be a cause of missed doctor’s appointments. There are also instances that harm and injury occurs because they forget basic safety measure around the kitchen or when handling electric devices. In this case, senior living facilities are recommended to make sure medical regimen is followed and that they are always safe and sound.
Human interaction is a basic need. When your elderly loved ones are no longer able to go out or engage in activities that allow them to interact with others, this causes a negative effect on their emotions. In assisted living facilities, they have the opportunity to engage in activities that are safe and comfortable to them so that they may be able to engage with other seniors as well as interact with the staff.