Ageing is a normal and beautiful process in the cycle of life. Of course, some of the aspects aren’t as wonderful as we’d like. As we get older, it gets harder and harder to handle everyday tasks we were once able to do with ease. It can be very difficult for someone to admit to themselves that they are struggling. If you have someone in your life who is in the golden years of their life, it may be difficult to determine if they should continue to live on their own or go to an assisted living facility. Don’t question it anymore.
Signs It’s Time For an Assisted Living Facility
70% of seniors require at least some time in an assisted living facility in their final years. It gives seniors people to talk to, things to do, make meals and everyday activities easier, and they have access to medical help. If your loved one is getting up in age, you might wonder when its time for them to make the adjustment.
Extended periods of isolation
As we get older, we tend to go out to see friends and family less. In many cases, a person can no longer drive, making it difficult to get places. Furthermore, they might not have the motivation they once did to go see people because their bodies aren’t up for it. Whatever the reason, this can leave people alone in their home for days with zero social interaction.
Isolation can be very bad for a person. People need to interact with others to experience a social connection. It stimulates the mind and gives people a reason to get dressed in the morning. Assisted living facilities allow people to socialize with a large number of people. Many times, food is served in a common area, and there are even activities like Bingo and movie night.
If you go to your loved one’s house and notice it isn’t clean like it used to be, that could be a sign that it’s time to get them to a place where they can help with those items. Look at a person’s appearance and their living space. Are they cooking for themselves and cleaning? Are they wearing clean clothes and showering every day? If you suspect that they aren’t, ask them directly. You can even ask them if they think they could use some help. If your loved one isn’t demonstrating proper hygiene, it could hurt their social life and cause health problems.
While assisted living homes might not clean up after the residents, it will make meals and clean up easier for them. They may also help with things like taking the garbage out.
Health problems get more frequent and more serious as we get older. Certain health conditions require extensive care that a person living on their own won’t receive. An assisted living facility offers residents the opportunity to call for help if they need something. Even more importantly, they will have access to quick medical care in the case of an emergency. If your loved one was alone during the emergency, would they be able to reach out for help on their own? Not getting help in time can cause worse injury. In some situations, it can even be fatal.
The home is too much work for them
A big home is a blessing, but it’s also a lot of work. You have to mow the lawn, clean, and keep up with maintenance. Plus, it costs a lot of money to live in a large house, and it can be silly to continue to live in a big house by yourself if you’re getting up there in age.
Talk to your loved one to determine if it might be time to downsize. If they are ready to downsize, talk to them about the benefits of moving to an assisted living facility so they don’t have to have the stress of maintaining a home.
When we get older, we’re not as strong as we used to be. That’s why a fall down the stairs at sixteen might not cause as much damage as someone who is seventy. When someone’s motor skills are slowing down to the point they fell and hurt themselves, that’s a sign you want to show them why it’s good to be at a senior home.
How to Talk to Someone About Moving to an Assisted Living Facility
When you notice the symptoms, it can be difficult to initiate the conversation. You have to be delicate about the situation and make the move to sound appealing. Here are some tips on how to have this conversation with your loved one.
Start by going on a tour
Instead of making your loved one make a commitment on the spot, start by going to tour different facilities they might like. By asking them to simply take a tour instead of moving, it initiates the process while giving them time to adjust to the idea. Plus, going to the facility can actually show them exactly how amazing an assisted living home can be.
Sometimes it’s not what you say but how you say it. Choose your words carefully when you start the conversation. You don’t want to use words like “old” or “dying”. Instead, emphasize the positive aspects of the move and make it sound positive. Finally, remind them this decision is to help make their life better.
Ask family members for help
While you don’t want to bombard your loved one, it’s a good idea to show them you have support in the idea they could benefit from moving to an assisted living facility. Have siblings, cousins, and everyone else who cares about your loved one to join in on the conversation in a supportive way.
Having support in old age is important. Help your loved one see the benefits of living in a place designed to help people who are slowly losing physical and mental capabilities by taking them to look for themselves. They might not be happy about the concept of ageing, but at least you can make the experience as comfortable as possible.