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How To Know It's Time To Move To An Assisted Living Community

Signs It's Time For Assisted Living for you or a loved one.

How do you know whether the time is right for you or a loved one to move to an assisted living community? It can be a difficult decision for everyone involved, with many different factors to take into account for your individual situation. As you consider your options, watch for these signs to indicate it may be time to initiate a transition to an assisted living community.


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Ways You Or Your Loved One Can Benefit From Assisted Living

  • Changes in hygiene or signs of self-neglect – You many have noticed some clues that could mean reduced independence, such as unwashed hair, stained clothes or unkempt fingernails or facial hair. Proper hygiene is often one of the first things neglected by older adults facing mobility issues and/or memory loss, and you also may notice signs of weight loss or dehydration, poor medication management or important mail left unopened. Self-neglect is a risk factor for early mortality among the elderly and could signify a need for greater support.
  • Chronic health problems – Rather than trying to handle your loved one’s declining health on your own, it may be beneficial for them if you partner with a team of professionals who are dedicated to their well-being. In assisted living, caregivers can also help your loved one with bathing, dressing, medication management and other activities of daily living.
  • Safety concerns – Make an honest assessment of your loved one’s mobility and balance as it relates to the safety and accessibility of their home. Also consider whether your loved one would be confident in responding appropriately to emergencies like taking a fall, having a medical scare or getting in a fender bender. Before any serious incidents occur, a move to assisted living can bring help with daily monitoring and transportation for shopping and appointments, as well as providing fresh, healthy meals.
  • Social isolation – Older adults who live alone often have fewer social ties and may be more isolated due to memory loss, hearing impairment or mobility issues. Isolation is a risk factor for early mortality, as it is associated with cognitive decline, depression, chronic diseases and dementia. According to AARP, seniors exhibiting withdrawal, loss of interest in personal hygiene, poor nutrition or hoarding could be suffering from social isolation.

Keeping up with daily tasks can become difficult for individuals as they age, especially if they are dealing with any physical or mental limitations. Assisted living at The Crossings at North River takes away that stress and ensures help with bathing and grooming if needed, medication management, scheduled transportation to appointments and much more. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have about assisted living at The Crossings – we’re here to help in any way we can as you consider the next best step for you or your loved one.