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10 Signs Your Loved One Needs Assisted Living

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Watching a loved one age can be both a tender and challenging experience. As the years pass, subtle changes in their behavior and abilities may signal the need for additional support and care. It’s not always easy to discern when it’s time to consider assisted living options, but being aware of the signs can make all the difference in ensuring your loved one’s safety and well-being.

Here are 10 common indicators that may suggest it’s time to start exploring assisted living for your loved one. From physical limitations to cognitive decline and emotional well-being, each sign offers valuable insight into the evolving needs of seniors.

1. Fear of Falling or Trouble Walking

Fear of falling or trouble walking may limit activities and social engagements.

2. Changes in personal appearance

Seniors often have difficulty admitting they need help with grooming, dressing, and basic hygiene.

3. Medical Needs

When recovering from surgery, a heart attack or stroke, or managing a chronic condition like diabetes, small problems can quickly turn into larger health issues without the right medical attention.

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4. Memory Loss

Seniors with memory loss can overlook problems or dangers, forget to eat or take medication, or get lost.

5. Hidden Caregiver Costs

Many caregivers miss work or have less time for children or spouses when they care for a loved one and don’t stop to realize the financial and emotional costs involved.

6. Trouble Maintaining the House

Performing or scheduling housekeeping tasks such as maintenance and yardwork can become overwhelming for seniors.

7. Increasing Isolation

More difficulties driving or walking can make getting together with friends or family seem like more trouble than it’s worth, leading to decreased socialization and increased loneliness and depression.

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8. Irregular Meals

If meal preparation is becoming more difficult, seniors may not be getting the nutrition they need to maintain their strength or a healthy weight.

9. Difficulty Managing Medications

With multiple medical conditions, keeping track of medications (when and how to take them, as well as refilling them) can become challenging for seniors.

10. Difficulty Making Decisions or Paying Bills

“Adulting” can be a juggling act even for non-seniors, but if bills are not being paid or important decisions are not being made, it might be time for some help.

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If your loved one is showing any or all of these signs, it’s a good idea to talk to your loved one about assisted living.

Please contact any of our Morning Pointe Senior Living communities to discuss how we can help you and your loved one transition to an environment offering the support needed for a vibrant life – including clinical supervision, medication management, a full activities program, nutritious meals, housekeeping and maintenance services, assistance with personal care, and more.

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