As your loved ones age and become less autonomous, they may need assisted living to maintain the same level of comfort they enjoyed previously. One of the numerous options available is assisted living. Let’s explore the 4 signs that may indicate it is time your parents need assisted living arrangements.
Losing a Partner or a Significant Other
The loss of a spouse or even a close friend is especially impactful for your loved ones, especially after knowing the other person for many decades. As their support system gets smaller and smaller, they may start to feel negative emotions like depression and withdraw from society. Being part of an assisted living community puts your loved ones into a circle of like-minded people who share the same interests and priorities as your loved ones. Many assisted living communities have well-rounded wellness programs that include daily devotional service, cardio classes, as well as yoga and stretching classes. These activities serve to elevate the mental well-being of your loved ones.
Worsening Health Condition
The possibility of being diagnosed with a chronic health condition increases with age. Such conditions include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis, or other degenerative diseases. Such chronic health problems complicate independence as your loved ones may require assistance with daily activities like showering or food preparation. Household chores like cleaning the floor or trimming the yard become even more arduous. Assisted living solves many of these problems by providing nutritious catered meals and scheduled housekeeping services, thus taking away the burden of cleaning and maintenance.
Recent Falls or Accidents
Loved ones who live alone are especially vulnerable, as there is no one to offer assistance should an emergency happen, be it in the form of a fall or accident. As osteoporosis is very common among people with advanced age, a fall may also signify lasting injuries like bone fractures. Assisted living gives you and your loved one peace of mind through consistent and friendly monitoring. 24-hour nursing is also available if your loved one requires care and medical attention for an injury.
Drastic Weight Loss
Drastic weight loss in a short period of time may indicate a serious underlying problem. The reason could be a decline in mental health, precipitating a lack of interest in food. A serious weight loss is often the physical manifestation of intersecting issues. As eating is a social activity, people who stay alone and take their meals alone may lose interest in keeping regular meals. This affects nutrition levels and leads to a declining state of health over time. Being part of an assisted living community means that your loved ones never have to take a meal alone unless they want to. On top of that, you and your loved ones can leave the nutrition guesswork to the professionals, who cater three meals per day plus snacks, so your loved ones never have to worry about cooking.
Enjoy the Benefits of Assisted Living at Discovery Village Vero Beach
Assisted living communities provide exceptional care and attention that are tailored to cater to the needs of your loved ones. If you are keen on having your loved ones retire in assisted living communities, please feel free to reach out to us!