As seniors age, it may become more likely that they consider moving to a senior living community or that their loved one notices that perhaps a move would be a good option for them. For some, they may be anticipating this and becoming excited at the idea of a new, vibrant lifestyle, but others may not welcome it as much. Whether seniors simply don’t know when the time is right to start looking into senior living or don’t want to recognize they should, it’s a good idea to have some familiarity with the signs it’s time begin looking.
According to Cynthia Villalovoz, Family Advisor at Astoria Senior Living at Oakdale, an assisted living and memory care community in Oakdale, CA, moving into a senior living community doesn’t mean you lose independence. “Many seniors fear that with a move to senior living, they will no longer be independent and lose their ability to do the activities they love to do,” says Cynthia. “This couldn’t be further from the truth, as a worry-free and maintenance-free lifestyle, engaging programming and opportunities to connect with others can actually increase the amount of independence a senior has. If this is stopping you or a loved one from considering senior living, I encourage you to tour communities and experience the lifestyle for yourself.”
Is it time to look into senior living?
If you or a loved one is beginning to question whether or not it may be time to look into senior living communities, consider some of the following signs. If you begin to notice any of these, think about what your next step will be.
- Your home is no longer safe. Home accidents are a major source of injuries that can limit independence and both quality and length of life. If there appears to be a lot of clutter throughout the home that you or a loved one could trip or fall over, the kitchen and bathroom don’t have necessary safety features and there are other hazards, it may be time to look into senior living.
- Mobility issues are beginning to occur. Are you or a loved one having trouble getting around the home? If you are noticing loss of movement, muscle weakness or poor balance and are having trouble navigating your home or keeping up with day-to-day tasks, it could be a sign that living on your own isn’t such a good option. Add mobility issues in with an unsafe home and it’s certainly an accident waiting to happen.
- You notice some memory problems. While some changes in memory can be normal, it’s important to keep an eye out for those that could signal memory loss. Are you noticing that your or a loved one’s memory loss is interfering with normal tasks, such as managing money or keeping up with important dates and events? This could be a sign that something isn’t quite right. Talk to your doctor and let them know of any symptoms you are experiencing.
- Personal care is lacking and grooming issues occur. If your loved one lives at home by themselves, it’s important to look for small signs they may not be caring for themselves as they should be. If your loved one took pride in their appearance and often appeared well put together and well groomed and suddenly doesn’t appear to care as much, it could be a clue their personal care is lacking. Watch for body odor or poor hygiene, as these are often common signs.
- The home is unable to be kept up with. Is there clutter throughout the house, dirty floors that haven’t been kept up with or spoiled foods in the fridge and pantry? Are you noticing that plants or pets are becoming neglected or that the mail is piling up? These are signs that the home may be too much for you or your loved one to handle. At senior living communities, these things don’t need to be worried about, as everything is taken care of for you.
- Driving is becoming dangerous. Are you or your loved one having problems with seeing or following road signs? Are you beginning to notice dents on the car or scrapes on fences or garage doors? These are all signs that driving may be too dangerous an activity for you or a loved one.
- Your loved one is rapidly losing or gaining weight. Unfortunately, this may indicate that your loved one is forgetting to eat or is lacking in proper nutrition. It could also indicate your loved one may have a chronic illness. Talk to a doctor to ensure your loved one remains as healthy as possible.
- Medication isn’t safely taken. Do you or a loved one forget to take pills or take too many at a time? This could be detrimental to your health, especially if you take a number of medications a day. Whether this occurs because you forgot or because you can’t keep track, senior living communities can help by managing these medications for you, so you can focus more on what’s really important to you.
- Symptoms of depression are prominent. Are you or a loved one feeling isolated from friends and family? Are you often bored or alone? This could lead to depression and other health problems. Senior living communities can provide the engaging lifestyle that you desire.
For more information about recognizing when it’s time to consider moving to a senior living community, call our expert team. We’d be happy to assist you or a loved one in your search. Call us today at 209•395•0900.
Be inspired to live a vibrant lifestyle.
Offering supportive assisted living and memory care, Astoria Senior Living at Oakdale is Oakdale’s only assisted living residence and one of the few memory care communities in the area to offer a secure neighborhood. Located in one of the friendliest small towns in California, near the Sierra Nevada foothills and Yosemite National Park, Oakdale was the perfect area to place our vibrant, life-enriching and supportive community.
At Astoria Senior Living at Oakdale, we provide assisted living and memory care set in an active, engaging environment that not only meets our residents’ needs but makes them, as well as their families, feel more at home. Although we believe our gorgeous community is a plus, we truly believe it’s our programming and caring, dedicated staff that makes Oakdale home. With our person-centered approach to care, our residents experience days full of joy and meaning. Whether we are learning each resident’s life story, their values, preferences and their likes and dislikes, we can easily customize care and make meaningful connections that help to provide our residents with the inspiration to make the most of each day.
Our LifeCycles wellness programming encourages residents to connect, engage and enjoy each day. Designed to focus on the four dimensions of wellness: physical, social, spiritual and intellectual, LifeCycles programming engages residents, which allows them to connect and embrace their sense of adventure. Through our daily activities and routines, which can include daily bus rides, cookouts, trips and other special events, the peace of mind of care and the personalized approach of our team, our residents have the tools and care they need to make each day fulfilling, engaging and vibrant. Contact us to learn more today!
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Astoria Senior Living is part of the Agemark family of senior living communities.