If you’re thinking about whether or not it’s time for your parent or loved one to move to an assisted living community, we understand how difficult it can be for everyone involved. How do you know what’s best? What factors should be taken into account when considering this life change? What signs should you be looking for to help make your decision? There are many contributing factors to take into account for your unique situation, but there are also certain signs to watch for. Here are some indicators that it may be time to initiate this conversation.
- Chronic health problems – Rather than trying to handle your loved one’s declining health on your own, it may be beneficial for them if you partner with a team of professionals who are dedicated to their well-being. In assisted living, caregivers can also help your loved one with bathing, dressing, medication management and other activities of daily living.
- Changes in hygiene or signs of self-neglect – Pay attention to differences in your loved one’s habits that could indicate reduced independence, such as unwashed hair, stained clothes or unkempt fingernails or facial hair. Hygiene is often one of the first things neglected by an older adult facing mobility issues and/or memory loss, and you also may notice signs of weight loss or dehydration, poor medication management or important mail left unopened.
- Safety issues – Consider whether your loved one would be confident in responding appropriately to emergencies like taking a fall, having a medical scare or getting in a fender bender. Also take time to assess your loved one’s mobility and balance as it relates to the safety and accessibility of their home. It may be time to move before an accident occurs.
- Increase in isolation – Older adults who live alone often have fewer social ties and may be more isolated due to memory loss, hearing impairment or mobility issues. Isolation is a risk factor for early mortality, as it is associated with cognitive decline, depression, chronic diseases and dementia. According to AARP, seniors exhibiting withdrawal, loss of interest in personal hygiene, poor nutrition or hoarding could be suffering from social isolation.
As parts of daily life become difficult for individuals to keep up with as they age, a community of support could make a remarkable difference. Highpoint’s assisted living ensures your loved one has healthy meals, assistance with the activities of daily living, medication management if needed, scheduled transportation to appointments and much more.
The Many Benefits Of Assisted Living at Highpoint
- Professional care– Assisted living at Highpoint means your loved one has help with bathing, grooming, medication management and more – plus an on-site nurse scheduled 24 hours a day/7 days a week and weekly physicians’ visits.
- Decreased isolation – Residents thrive at our community with an abundance of opportunities for social interaction, group activities and our Masterful Moments® wellness programming.
- Carefree living – Housekeeping, cooking and home maintenance are all taken care of so residents are free to do what they enjoy.
- Safety and security – Secure entrances and wireless call systems provide reassurance, while trained and caring staff are ready to assist 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
- Peace of mind – You can feel confident that your loved one is in a safe, secure and supportive environment with the dedicated attention of a team of assisted living professionals.
We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have about assisted living at Highpoint at Cape Coral – we’re here to help in any way we can as you consider the next step for you or your loved one.