When is it Time to Transition into Assisted Living?
Transitioning into assisted living is a huge, emotional, and overwhelming decision to make. Most caregivers and loved ones go through feelings of guilt and/or obligation. It can be difficult to know when the time has come to move to a senior community, especially when you’re wanting to hold onto the independence of your loved one for as long as possible.
Let’s look at some ways you can tell if the time has come for your loved one to move into assisted living.
- Your Loved One Starts Behaving Aggressively: Sometimes as adults age, especially those with Dementia or Alzheimers, they start to act a bit more aggressively and sometimes even violently. If you’ve tried medication and/or alternative methods to calm them down and they don’t seem to be working you can be putting yourself and your loved ones at risk.
- Their Needs Have Grown Above Just Home Care: As your loved one ages they typically decline in both health and ability. Unfortunately no matter how great the care if your loved one is suffering from a disease it will get worse, and they will need a greater level of care. Especially if your loved one is suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s at some point they are going to need 24hr care for their own safety.
- They’re Constantly Trying to Leave the House and Tend to Wander Off and Get Lost: Those who suffer from cognitive disorders tend to wander off and not know where they are. This is frightening to both the individual and their loved ones. Even though you’ve secured the house they still might be able to get out. It might be time to consider assisted living where they can get round-the-clock care and security measures are put in place to avoid wandering off.
- Costly In-Home Care: Hiring a PSA or in-home care assistant can be costly. As your loved one ages their care will also increase. Over time the cost of in-home care can exceed your budget. You will have to weigh out your options and decide what is best for your loved one and what you can handle financially.
- The Stress and the Weight of Being a Caregiver are Getting to be Too Much: The weight and stress of being a caregiver can be a lot, not to mention if you also have a job and a family as well. If you’re not taking the time to take care of yourself and deal with the stress it’s not fair to you or your loved one. Your ability to care for your loved one will decline.
If any of these scenarios sound familiar or if you’ve been considering the option of assisted living give Senior Living Experience a call. We’re your all-in-one concierge service for senior living. We’ll help you come up with the best plan for you and your loved one and assist you each and every step of the way.