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August 27, 2021

When is the right Time to Consider a Senior Living Community

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Senior living community is a general term for the different types of care and housing offered to seniors fifty-five and older.  As your senior loved one ages and requires more hands-on assistance than you are able to provide, it is time to consider hiring help. At Home Instead, our focus lies on the in-home care options for your senior. Unfortunately, this in-home model does not work for everyone’s personal circumstances. This post is meant to explore a few other options if in-home care won’t work for your needs. If you are unsure which option to pursue, do not hesitate to reach out to us for help forming a plan for you. 

Senior living communities are designed to fit any type of lifestyle and medical care needs.  When deciding on which senior housing is right for your loved one, it is important to understand their differences.  This will help you to decide which community fits your aging loved one’s needs and preferences.  

The 4 types of a senior living community

  • Independent living.  Seniors live independently without any assistance or support.  Emergency response may be available.  
  • Assisted living.  Offers a range of supportive services to make the most of an aging adult’s independence.  The services offered include medical management, personal care, emergency response, and dining options.
  • Retirement community.  Services and amenities are offered to support aging adults physically, emotionally, and socially.  They offer services such as physician and nursing services, medication management, housekeeping, dining, regular outing and excursion, and much more.   
  • Memory care facility.  Also known as Alzheimer’s care, provides 24-hour safe care for seniors with this disease and other forms of dementia.  They cater to the needs of seniors with memory loss and focus on improving their quality of life while reducing confusion.

Since senior living community options are based on the level of care needed, knowing when the right time is to consider senior housing is dependent upon the elderly adult’s overall health.  Below are the various warning signs for each senior living community care offered. 

Signs it is time to consider independent living for 65 and older

  • When it becomes difficult, or you get tired of keeping up with your home.
  • You become lonely and depressed therefore want a social life back.
  • You decide to plan for your future when you realize your health will suffer as you age.  Elderly adults can live independently as long as they can care for themselves.  

Signs it is time to consider assisted living

  • Caring for your elderly loved one becomes difficult.  When your loved one becomes more needy and less capable of doing things on their own, therefore you become frustrated.
  • Accidents increase.  When falls or close calls become frequent.
  • Basic personal care suffers.  If your elderly loved one claims to be performing daily personal care and it is obvious that they are not. 
  • Eating habits change.  If you notice food is uneaten or they start to lose weight.
  • Bills and financial commitments are neglected.  This is usually due to memory loss which is a serious red flag.  This includes paying bills twice, receiving final notices, or investment scams.
  • Unsafe driving behaviors.  If their driving skills become reckless this can be a danger to themselves and others.

Signs it is time to consider a retirement community

  • One too many close calls.  If daily activities turn into medical emergencies.  
  • Emotional state is unstable.  When living alone turns into loneliness, depression and anxiety can set in.
  • Severe weight loss or gain.  Weight increase or decrease can be signs of serious medical issues.
  • Daily chores are ignored.  If the home is continuously unkept and messy. 

Signs it is time to consider a memory care facility

  • Behavior changes.  If they are declining social invitations, ignoring hygiene care, or cannot perform basic tasks.
  • Decline in physical health. This is usually the first sign that an aging loved one is declining because they either forget to eat altogether or forget that they ate, and so eat again. 
  • Incontinence.  Having no control of urination or bowels can be very embarrassing for an aging loved one who does not understand why this is happening. 
  • Caregiver becomes ill or dies. If the person who cared for them is no longer able to be there for them. 

Home Instead is in the Lafayette, La area and is equipped to answer all your questions concerning your aging loved one.  Home Instead is readily available so that you do not have to do this alone.