Deciding when it’s the right time to move a loved one into an assisted living facility is always a difficult decision, and at PeachTree Place Assisted Living in Ogden UT, we know it’s a decision that is not made lightly. There are specific signs that can help you make this decision, and ultimately keep your loved ones safe.
Pay Attention To These Signs
There are examples of why your loved ones need assisted living. These signals will tell you when it’s time to take the next step in caring for your elderly family members. It’s possible that you have already noticed some concerning symptoms or behaviors. The top five signs that your loved one may need assisted living include:
- Frequent Injuries
- Trouble Managing Medications
- Financial Problems
- Depression & Loneliness
- Inability To Meet Basic Needs
Health Is Number One
When your loved ones need medication management, or they are frequently become sick or mysteriously injured, it might be time to look at a quality assisted living facility. Medication mix-ups can be deadly and are easily made. If you noticed your family member is bruised or is experiencing falls or frequent illness, it is likely they need more consistent and routine care.
You may notice unopened bills or your family member may experience collection calls or utility shutoffs. These are all signs that they can no longer manage financial affairs, which means other areas will soon fall into neglect or even get dangerous. Extreme weather can be deadly without proper heating or cooling. A safe environment and oversight on financial matters can bring everyone peace of mind.
Prolonged Depression Or Isolation
Everyone gets down sometimes, but a season of prolonged depression can be a cry for help. Many elderly family members are living alone and experience a great deal of isolation. Making a move to assisted living can give them interaction that is desperately needed, not just from the caring staff, by through forming new friendships in the community.
Loss Of Routines
When a loved one can no longer cook or shop for themselves, bathe regularly, or maintain a relatively clean living space, that is another sign it might be time to consider an assisted living facility. Observe your family member and their home for odors, neglect, and possibly weight loss (from not eating enough). Document this information and any other signs to discuss with the facility.
Peace of Mind
The right facility and care team will allow you to worry less about your loved one’s overall health and wellness so that you can focus more time on enjoying the relationship. Contact PeachTree Place Assisted Living and find out if it’s time for you to make the decision to move your loved into one of Utah’s best facilities.