When to Make the Transition From Independent Living to Assisted Living

July 19, 2019

As a parent, grandparent or loved one ages, there may come a time when you begin to wonder whether they’re physically, emotionally and mentally capable to independently care for themselves. This can be an incredibly difficult time for everyone as the loved one may resist change in an attempt to hold onto their independence. This can make it even more challenging for family or caretakers to determine whether it’s time to seriously consider moving their loved one to an assisted living facility

This is never an easy question to answer, but there are a few signs that can indicate it’s time to consider the transition for your loved one’s safety and wellbeing. 

You’ve Noticed a Slip In Personal Care

One of the first subtle signs that your loved one is having difficulty caring for themselves is a decline in their personal care habits. You may notice that they don’t seem to be paying as much attention to their personal appearance as they once did, or there may be more noticeable signs, such body odor, unwashed clothes or uncombed hair that signal a decline in personal care. 

Accidents Are Happening With More Frequency

Are you noticing that accidents, both minor and more serious, seem to be happening with increased frequency? While the occasional mishap is normal, a pattern of falls or forgetfulness that can potentially lead to injury presents a dangerous situation for your loved one. An assisted living facility can provide a safe environment for your loved one, with trained medical staff onsite. 

You’re No Longer Able to Provide the Level of Care Needed

It’s wonderful when family or friends have the resources to care for an aging person in the comfort of their own home. As a person’s health or mobility begins to decline, managing their care can become more time consuming and burdensome. It’s ok to admit that you can’t do it on your own, and that your loved one needs more care than you’re capable of providing at this time. When you reach this point, an assisted living facility is compassionate option. 

Limited Socialization

Socialization remains important as we age, and unfortunately, it’s something that often becomes neglected among the aging population. It’s thought that social interaction is beneficial for both physical and mental wellbeing. However, if a person is limited in their ability to get out of the house, attend social gatherings or host guests in their own home, the companionship that can be found in an assisted living facility can add significantly to their quality of life. 

Making the Decision to Transition Your Loved One to an Assisted Living Community

The decision to make the transition to an assisted living facility for your loved one is something that likely weighs heavy on your shoulders. It’s important to understand that there may come a time when this becomes the best possible decision for the well being of your loved one. At Lexington Square we understand the significance of this transition and are prepared to help you through it. Reach out to Lexington Square today and let us ease your concerns and introduce you to our assisted living community today.

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