10 Signs That Your Loved One is Ready for Assisted Living

10 Signs That Your Loved One is Ready for Assisted Living

Things change as we age. Frailty and health conditions make it harder to take care of ourselves on our own. Many seniors face challenges due to decreased mobility, loss of strength, or cognitive decline. While each person ages differently, many of these are common problems that can’t be ignored.

Talking to a loved one about assisted living isn’t easy. It isn’t just a practical decision – it is also an emotional one. Most adults don’t want to leave the home that they know. To many, making the transition to senior care implies that they have lost their independence.

The reality is that seniors of all ability levels choose to move into assisted living. Doing so gives them many advantages, especially the social benefits of living in an assisted living community. Elderly people can become isolated, which can lead to an increased risk of health problems and depression. Making the move helps prevent these issues before they appear.

The first step is knowing when it is time to move to assisted living. Vista Living senior care helps families make this important decision every year. We suggest using the following questions to help you decide if you should have the talk about assisted living with your aging loved one.

·        Do They Struggle to Keep Up with Daily Medications?

Keeping up with medications is essential to staying healthy. Some seniors begin to struggle with taking the right dose at the right time. This could be remedied with a weekly or monthly pill box if it is a minor issue.

If the problem persists, then it should be treated as a red flag. This is especially true if you see empty or expired pill bottles or unfilled prescriptions lying around.

Assisted living facilities offer medication management that keeps residents on track with their treatment plans. It eases the burden placed on seniors to keep up as well as their families who may feel like they have to monitor their loved one’s prescriptions.

·        Have They Had More Vehicle Accidents or Near Misses?

Many see driving as a normal part of being an adult. It gives us the freedom to move around. As we age, our vision and hearing may diminish. Other health conditions can also make it hard to navigate and react quickly in a vehicle.

If your loved one has had an accident, near misses, or seems to have dings and damage on their car frequently, this should not be ignored. They may no longer be able to drive safely.

Assisted living communities are built for convenience. They provide everything residents need to live comfortably. Many also have salon and barber services on-site and care providers who come to the location to administer services. Many also plan group trips that include transportation for residents so they can go out into the community without becoming a risk on the road.

·        Is Their Home Starting to Look Dirty, Sloppy, or Unmaintained?

A senior’s home environment can tell you a lot about their state of mind and physical condition. If a previously well-kept home is suddenly dirty, sloppy, or disorganized, your loved one may be having difficulties.

It’s hard to keep up with chores and home maintenance when mobility decreases or physical ailments slow us down. It also can be challenging to ask for help. If your loved one’s home is looking unmaintained or unhygienic, it is time to talk about assisted living.

Assisted living communities provide housekeeping, laundry, and other services so your loved one is always in a clean, comfortable environment.

·        Do They Show Signs of a Lack of Grooming and Bathing?

Activities of daily living are something that we often take for granted when we are young. We can bathe, groom, and dress ourselves with no problem – until we can’t. Older people sometimes struggle to handle these tasks on their own. They may not be able to move like they once did or may lose their balance when trying to get in and out of the shower.

Assisted living staff are trained to provide support for activities of daily living. These activities are essential to staying healthy. Being clean also boosts self-esteem, which has a direct impact on a person’s mental health.

·        Is There a Lot of Old or Spoiled Food in Their Kitchen?

Nutrition is another area that suffers when someone cannot care for themselves. Do you notice a lot of old or spoiled food sitting around the kitchen? Are they lacking food? It can become difficult to go out, buy groceries, bring them home, and prepare meals when age-related conditions get in the way.

You should also pay close attention to your loved one’s weight. Do they appear to be losing or gaining weight for no reason? This could imply a change in diet.

Seniors in assisted living are served three nutritious meals a day, usually with snacks. Staff ensures that residents are eating so no one ever goes hungry.

·        Have They Shown a Loss of Interest in Activities They Once Loved?

Senior care isn’t just about physical wellness, it is also about mental health. If your loved one has lost interest in activities that they once loved, they may be displaying the signs of depression.

It’s not easy figuring out how to discuss assisted living with a parent, but it’s important to find a way to help them.

Mental health has a direct impact on a person’s overall happiness and quality of life. Assisted living helps seniors connect with care providers like therapists. It also prevents isolation and depression with community activities and social opportunities.

·        Are They Falling Behind on Bills and Not Managing Finances?

Even if they have the money, a senior may start to fall behind on bills and not manage their finances properly. In cases involving cognitive decline, they may start making very poor decisions that lead to monetary losses. This also makes them more susceptible to fraud.

Seniors who are suddenly struggling to manage finances should not be left to figure it out for themselves. They could lose their retirement funds or worse. Assisted living helps simplify the process by combining all their bills into one monthly fee, It also provides a layer of protection against financial abuse and fraud.

·        Has Their Mood Changed or Do They Seem Fatigued?

The grumpy old person is a common stereotype, but it isn’t rooted in reality. Older people aren’t inherently mean-spirited or unhappy. This is not a normal part of aging.

If your loved one is showing moodiness, fatigue, depression, or irritability, they may have something else going on. They could be experiencing a mental health condition or signs of dementia.

Moving into assisted living reduces stress and helps seniors thrive. It stops isolation, which can prevent depression.

·        Are They Frequently Forgetting Things, People, or Places?

Everyone forgets something at some point. Doing so once or twice isn’t necessarily cause for alarm. However, if your loved one seems to forget things, people, or places often, then they need help.

Forgetfulness or losing their sense of direction frequently can indicate a cognitive issue. Your loved one should be checked out by a doctor. And in the meantime, you may want to bring up the topic of assisted living.

A facility like Vista Living memory care can provide support and security that protects your loved one in case they become lost, confused, or forget something important.

·        Do They Seem Unsteady on Their Feet or Have Had a Fall?

Fall injuries are a big risk for seniors. One bad fall can cause immense pain and even shorten an elderly person’s life. The average home is a relatively safe place for most people, but some commonly used structures and furnishings are obstacles to someone experiencing frailty.

Stairs, low-sitting furniture, power cords, and rugs can all turn into tripping hazards. Someone with declining mobility may also need specialized equipment, like a chair lift, to move safely.

Assisted living is designed with this in mind. Facilities have wider hallways and doorways for wheelchairs and walkers. They also have staff on hand to help with walking, standing, sitting, or whatever your loved one needs.

If you notice the signs discussed above, then it may be time to have a conversation with your loved one about moving into assisted living.

Vista Living Senior Care (Paradise Valley) Memory Care Gives Arizona Families Peace of Mind

Vista Living Senior Care (Paradise Valley) Memory Care Gives Arizona Families Peace of Mind

Memory care provides families with a reliable housing option for elderly loved ones with cognitive decline. Finding the right place is essential. You are trusting the facility you choose with the health and well-being of your parent or grandparent. The location and staff must be up to the task so that your loved one can thrive.

A memory care unit is designed to provide a safe environment for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Daily life is structured with routines to reduce stress. Staff assists with personal care as needed. Residents receive regular meals and are provided support and activities to help them live as comfortably and fully as possible.

Paradise Valley senior care community on East Hummingbird Lane includes memory care. Families in Arizona can rest easy knowing that their loved one is in good hands with us.

A Cozy Place to Call Home with Breathtaking Mountain Views

One of the first things visitors notice when they arrive at Paradise Valley Senior Care is the view.

Our facility is nestled within a quiet community with a breathtaking mountain backdrop. Take in Camelback Mountain to the south or Mummy Mountain to the east. The Phoenix Mountains Preserve is located to the north.

Nature is inspiring. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul. Our residents can live well while gaining the benefits of fresh mountain air and gorgeous natural scenery.

Inside, our 10,000 square foot retirement community welcomes residents with luxury living. Our senior home includes 12-foot-tall ceilings with 35 floor-to-ceiling windows. You don’t have to go outside to enjoy views of the local landscape. It’s the perfect setting to relax and enjoy life.

Our staff makes the experience even better by providing excellent care and support. We believe that every resident is an individual. Their needs may not be the same as those of their neighbors. That’s why we develop a custom care plan for each resident and provide the level of assistance required based on mobility and need.

Residents can live as independently as possible, with options for increased support should their health status change.

Paradise Valley Memory Care Services and Amenities

Assisted living works well for some seniors but may not be enough for others. Dementia will gradually deteriorate a person’s ability to live on their own. They may no longer be able to handle activities of daily living like grooming, bathing, and dining.

This isn’t usually something that happens immediately. Rapidly progressing dementia can occur over weeks to months but can also take as long as 3 years to progress.

The average person with Alzheimer’s disease will live between 3 and 11 years, but some survive for over 20 years. Taking care of a loved one who is dealing with a progressive condition for that long can be extremely taxing for a family. In some cases, it may be difficult or even impossible to address all their care and safety needs at home.

Paradise Valley’s memory care unit provides a better alternative that’s optimized for people in this situation. We do more than feeding, bathing, and cleaning. We also provide opportunities for socialization and enrichment.

We give residents a place to thrive, where they can live as fully as possible without putting themselves at risk. Our goal is to enhance lives while providing support that matches the resident’s needs, even as they change.

Seniors who move into our memory care facility receive:

  • A safe place that is secure to prevent wandering or unauthorized access
  • A structured lifestyle that helps dementia patients retain independence
  • Access to support 24 hours a day for all personal care needs
  • Opportunities to socialize and participate in group activities
  • A way to live as normal and happy as possible for years
  • Peace of mind for families of dementia patients

Assisted Living with Personalized Memory Care

Vista Living Senior Care’s Paradise Valley provides a long-term solution for families with aging loved ones. Our assisted living accommodations are ideal for older adults who need support but can still do many things on their own.

For people who are in the early stages of dementia or who have a higher risk of developing the disease, we provide a convenient option. Join our community and have access to the resources you need if or when the time comes. You can remain in the same place but receive the level of care you or your loved one needs, even as those needs increase.

A major life event like a move can be upsetting for people with later-stage dementia. It can affect the health and well-being of any elderly person. Transitioning to an assisted living community like Paradise Valley can ease the burden of making the move later.

Residents can remain with us even as the disease progresses, lowering stress and helping families feel more secure about going to assisted living.

Learn More About Memory Care at Paradise Valley

We take our job very seriously when it comes to patient health, safety, and happiness. That’s why we offer a full list of amenities in a beautiful residential senior care home. Our experienced staff members are available to answer questions and provide support for residents and their families.

Discover why so many Arizona families trust us to care for their aging loved ones. Visit our website now to see photos of our facility or to learn more about our services. You can schedule an in-person tour so you can see what life is like at Vista Living Paradise Valley.