How to Know When a Senior Needs Assisted Living

Old Aged Lady

How we take care of our senior loved ones is one of our most difficult tasks as people who live in society. There may be a time in which a senior can not live on his own, but we have to make difficult decisions as members of his family as to how we handle the situation. It is a complex decision, to help an older adult move from a present home to home-based assisted living. How can you all feel more confident that circumstances suggest he doesn't live alone any longer? The key is to realize that there are some problems or signs of something wrong so that your family can be aware of the decrease in health and prepare properly for the future.

Cognitive activities

The level of care for senior citizens can be measured by charting ADLs, which are daily activities:

  • Bathing

  • Eating

  • Using the bathroom

  • The ability to getting out of bed and moving

  • Dressing

  • Controlling the bowel movement

Physical Activities

  • Many conditions can cause weight loss from depression to cancer. A person with dementia has difficulty shopping or recalling how to cook or eat, which may lead to weight loss.

  • Noticeable weakness can be a result of this drastic weight loss.

  • Body odor and neglected appearance reveal changes in personal hygiene habits and incapability of managing a fresh and clean look.

Social Activities

  • There are many reasons people cut themselves off, but the red flag of depression is to drop everything and show interest in virtually nothing.

  • Months spent without leaving home. It might be because of the fear of transporting alone.

Bills to pay

Financial Activities

Bills: Bills that are not opened can show that your loved one has trouble managing the finances - an initial sign of dementia.

Letters: Neglecting regular mail isn't too troubling. However, if they ignore due payments, overdrawn balances, and something similar, this is alarming.

Thank you Messages: Elderly people are often exposed to scammers. Even if they have decent thinking skills, those who weren’t always extremely cautious are vulnerable.

Home Maintenance

  • Lots of clutter 

  • Unopened mail in the mailbox

  • Stale or expired foods 

  • A freeze full of preserved food

  • Uncleaned bathroom

  • Turning to simpler cooking

  • Broken appliances. 

  • Multiples of the same item 

  • Signs of fire

  • Signs of negligence

  • Newspapers unused

Medical drip

Worsen Medical Condition

The chronic medical condition is likely to increase in old age. Over 70 million people have at least one chronic condition, and these can be weakening issues such as Alzheimer's disease or cardiac disease, reported by AARP. Apart from chronic conditions, medical emergencies have an increasing potential with age. At least once every year, almost one-third of older adults suffer a fall, and in the past decade, as boomers age, deaths have risen steadily. The home-based assisted living is required in this case.

According to the US Census, over 11 million older adults live alone. The general health of senior citizens can be affected by isolation. Some isolation - related health issues include:

Depression: The lack of community or a sense of purpose can lead to depression of the elderly, as well as a disease such as dementia and heart disease.

Dependency: Seniors who are isolated often develop poor health practices, such as drinking, smoking and drug abuse.

Mortality: in one study, isolation is linked directly to a death rate of the elderly.

Assisted Living Care

Assisted living facilities have 24 hours of care for older adults. However, usually assisted living residents do not require such intrusional care as nursing homes. Like nursing homes, long-term patients in assisted living facilities with an average patient residing for around three years are anticipated. Residents are usually allowed to live in their own living space like the home-based assisted living and to socialize freely with other residents. Residents receive supplies, and can cook for themselves in some facilities.

Watch for the signs that your older parent or loved needs additional support and have an open conversation with them about their needs. For home-based assisted living to make the transition easier, contact Redhaven Care Homes today.