Moving into assisted living is a big decision. There are a number of factors to consider and logistics to figure out before a move can happen. This is a very personal decision that people make for a wide variety of reasons. There are, however, a few factors that commonly cause people to consider the option of assisted living. Four reasons to consider a move into assisted living include changing mobility needs, difficulty maintaining the home, difficulty with activities of daily living, and increasing medical needs.
Mobility needs are changing
Mobility is one of the many things that can be affected by aging. For some people the changes are gradual and happen over time. For others, a fall or injury can cause mobility to change quickly. Changing mobility needs is one reason to consider a move into assisted living. When it becomes difficult to get around there will be an increased risk of falling. In addition, many older adults are faced with the prospect of making major renovations in their homes in order to accommodate the equipment needed for their changing mobility. Limited mobility can also make it difficult to get to places such as the doctor’s office. In assisted living, older adults with limited mobility can get the care and support they need to be safe and as active as possible.
Home maintenance is falling behind
Maintaining a home can become a burden for older adults. The tasks of cleaning, yardwork, and routine maintenance are all physically demanding. As people age, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep up with the physical demands of maintaining a home. Hiring help for all of those tasks is an option for seniors who want to remain home. Moving into assisted living is also a great option for older adults who are no longer able to keep up with home maintenance.
Activities of daily living (ADLs) are becoming difficult
When activities of daily living start to become difficult, it is time to consider assisted living. ADLs include activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, mouth care, and toileting. Each of these activities is an important and necessary part of day-to-day life. Assisted living can provide older adults help with any or all ADLs.
Medical needs are increasing
Increasing medical needs are another reason to consider a move into assisted living. As medical needs increase older adults often find that they require help with tasks related to meeting those needs such as medication management, getting to doctor’s visits, etc. Hiring an in-home nurse or moving into assisted living are two options that can provide older adults with the help they need as their health changes.
If you or a loved one are facing any of the situations outlined above, it is time to learn more about the option of assisted living. Eskaton has a long list of resources that can guide you through each element of the decision making process and a helpful staff that can answer your questions and address your concerns.