Is It Time?

Determining whether you or a loved one is in need of assisted living can be stressful. But it doesn’t have to be. There are a number of things to consider—not only health and safety, but the opportunity to continue living a purposeful, engaged life.

Spending a few days with your parent, getting a closer look at their routines, can reveal things that aren’t as obvious with a phone call or a short visit. Below are some warning signs that may indicate they may be in need of additional support.

  • Short-term memory loss – slow recall or information retrieval, forgetting to pay bills, leaving the stove on, getting lost on familiar routes
  • Lack of follow-through on tasks
  • Disorientation of time and place
  • Loss of judgment – taking an illogical approach to problem solving
  • Weight loss – not cooking for themselves or eating properly
  • Falling frequently
  • Avoiding issues – talking around subjects due to lack of understanding
  • Medications – mixing up, running out, or taking incorrect dosages
  • Poor housekeeping – dirty dishes and laundry, clutter
  • Difficulty with home maintenance – avoiding yard work, living in only a few rooms of the house
  • Fear of living alone – becoming overly dependent on loved ones
  • Poor personal hygiene –bathing infrequently, wearing the same clothes
  • No longer socializing, losing touch with friends
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Depression – excessive sleeping or crying

Changes can be subtle for some. Signs can vary and so can their level of intensity. If the signs are consistent and on-going, an assessment is in order.

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