01 Mar Signs It’s Time to Move Into a Senior Home
We recently explained the reasons why an elderly person might want to consider assisted living, but we also wanted to explain why you, as the primary caregiver or loved one, might want to choose a new home for your older family member.
When a loved one suddenly begins exhibiting atypical behavior, it can be quite startling for a family member. Here are a few symptoms you may notice:
● Agitation: Individuals may become restless, anxious, or upset over seemingly insignificant situations. These behaviors can be very challenging for inexperienced care-givers and can be managed much more effectively by trained professionals.
● Paranoia: Unfortunately, older adults are more likely to develop persistent fears and worries that may seem irrational to everyone else.
● Memory Loss: Contrary to popular belief, memory loss is not a normal part of aging. This behavior can be particularly challenging for an older person living alone, as they begin to forget things and have difficulty making decisions.
When an older adult is living in a home alone, they are more vulnerable to safety hazards that you might not even consider. Here are some safety concerns to be aware of:
● Falls: One in four older Americans, aged 65 or over, go to the hospital every year due to falls. This can be caused by medication side effects, dizziness, poor eyesight or balance, leading to serious injuries.
● Getting Lost: When people struggle to navigate their neighborhoods, their grocery stores, or other familiar places, the risk of wandering and getting lost is significantly increased.
● Driving: When home alone, a driver’s license is a necessity to live a normal life; however, driving can become a dangerous task when older adults get lost, confused, or are unsafe behind the wheel.
If your loved one is no longer able to care for themselves or their home, it may be time to consider a senior home. Some indications of this may include:
● Weight loss: This may be caused by a lack of appetite, the inability to prepare their own meals, or simply forgetting to eat.
● Bad hygiene: As simple as it may seem, individuals suffering from memory loss or other forms of dementia may forget the importance of showering regularly, brushing their teeth, or doing laundry.
● Poor home maintenance: Taking care of a home can be challenging for most adults, so it’s no surprise that the elderly struggle with tasks associated with being a homeowner.
If you or your loved one is experiencing any of these challenges, it may be time to consider moving into a senior home. For more information on our warm and welcoming homes, give us a call at (714) 646-6750. We look forward to helping your loved one live a healthier and more comfortable life!