The signs your loved ones need extra help can be subtle. You know your loved ones best, from their habits or individual capacities that contribute to their daily lives. Normally, the biggest telltale sign is the physical and mental decline of your loved ones. For older adults, it is definitely not easy admitting the need for help. Don’t wait until they come to you, and make an early decision to give them the best care possible! Here are some common signs that an elderly person needs assisted living.
To evaluate the level of care your loved one needs, their ability to carry out ADL (Activities of Daily Living) are normally used as a benchmark.
Your loved ones’ house has always been neat and put together, but now it looks like a mess. There is a bad odor in the air with uncleared trash piling up. This is another sign that assisted living is a viable option. A messy house could indicate a lack of energy and will for household maintenance. Your loved ones might be also unable to lift heavier items such as a vacuum or a water pail, or doing these basic cleaning activities have slipped their mind. These occurrences might indicate reduced physical agility or memory recall.
Do your loved ones show signs of being unable to upkeep their appearance? Some signs are more infrequent bathing, having unkempt hair, and crumpled clothing. They might also be keeping expired groceries in the fridge, not taking note of the best before dates or the quality of food.
Changes in Behavior
A shift in the behavior of your loved ones can also indicate that it is time to get them a higher level of care. Changes in behavior include loss of passion for their hobbies and mood swings. You could also see your loved one getting lost more often or frequently spacing out while completing basic daily tasks. This could signal a decreased mental state of your loved one. More specifically, indicators that your senior needs memory care comprises them getting more agitated easily and repeating questions or statements.
Do bounced checks or late payment notices come in more often than ever? Unpaid bills can be a sign of your loved ones’ decreased ability to deal with numbers that require a higher level of thinking and mental capacity.
Regency Pointe is Here To Help
Taking care of a loved one that needs additional help may be difficult, especially when you might not be aware of the best way to go about it. This is where Regency Pointe comes in. Our retirement community provides a myriad of Senior Living Options for your loved ones to get the most tailored care possible. For instance, our team members in our Senior Assisted Living Community are committed to helping your loved ones with daily activities and making life a little more enjoyable for them. Beyond providing basic care, we enrich their lives with activities that boost their health and wellness, such as our Senior Living Community Activities program to keep them healthy, happy, and well.