6 Signs It’s Time For Assisted Living

April 14, 2015

Senior Woman In Discussion With Health Visitor At Home

The burdens of owning and maintaining a home can become increasingly difficult as we age. Everyday tasks such as laundry, lawn care, and cleaning become burdensome, and sometimes downright dangerous, to seniors. In fact, walking up and down the stairs can become extremely dangerous.

No one likes to admit they need help. It’s natural to grasp on to our independence for as long as possible. Unfortunately, many seniors keep quiet about having difficulty with daily life. Their silence may be endangering themselves. This is why it’s important to address issues early on.

Following are 6 signs to know when it’s time for assisted living:

  1. Medication: If your parent or loved one is forgetting to take their medication, this can be a telltale sign they’re having difficulty with daily tasks. You want to ensure their medication is in pill organizers to make it easier for them to manage, and easier for you to make sure they’re keeping up with their medication. At Lexington Square, we ensure your loved ones’ medication is administered with the upmost care.
  2. Sundowner Syndrome: This is when a senior becomes agitated during the evening hours. They may experience confusion, be delirious, and experience anxiousness as the day progresses. It’s very burdensome and troubling for caregivers to witness. Sundowning is a sign that home life is becoming increasingly difficult for both the senior and the caregiver.
  3. Disorientation: It’s one thing if your parent calls their grandchild the wrong name, but you should take notice if they get disoriented. Some signs would be thinking it’s morning when it’s evening, not knowing where they are, or wandering the neighborhood. Usually these incidents increase over time, so taking action right away is important. Address these concerns with your physician as they’re qualified to determine the underlying issues.
  4. Mental Health & Grooming: Does your parent or loved one appear well groomed and well dressed? Or do they show signs of sadness and anger? These can be signs that their minds are beginning to slip or that they are depressed.
  5. Tidiness: Are they able to keep up with normal housekeeping? Do they clean the bathrooms and kitchens? How does the refrigerator look? If it’s not stocked and doesn’t look like they’re eating well, this is a sign that an eating plan needs to be put into place. Do they keep up with the landscaping? If things are beginning to get dirtier than normal, this is another sign they’re having trouble.
  6. Caregiver Stress: Caregiving is a very difficult task. A caregiver can only provide so much support. The stresses of care giving can become so great that the caregivers own health is jeopardized. This is a sure sign it’s time for a change.

If you know a loved one experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to address them right away. At Lexington square, our counselors deal with seniors living through these symptoms everyday and can help you address their concerns in the best manner possible. If you would like to speak with one of counselors about any of the signs mentioned above and how to address them, please give us a call at 630-297-4944.

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