As your parents age, you might notice that they have trouble keeping up with day-to-day tasks. Times like these are when it’s important to start the topic on moving them into an assisted living community. However, starting that talk might be difficult if you’re unsure about the signs that they need help. Here are some signs to move to assisted living that you should look out for in your elderly loved ones!
Difficulty with Basic Tasks
It’s normal for us to go about our day, completing our daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning, or doing the laundry. We don’t usually enjoy doing them but aging can make doing these simple and basic tasks considerably more difficult. For example, moving or carrying things from one room to another might be tougher and even routine chores like laundry can become tiring. If you noticed your loved ones having a hard time keeping up with their daily tasks, it might be time to discuss moving into a retirement community.
When things get tough, one way our elderly loved ones might cope is to simply not do anything. If your loved ones have been completely neglecting their chores or even their basic self-care, it may be an indication that your loved ones need help. Some obvious signs would include the stack of dirty dishes or a pile of dirty clothes in a corner of their room.
Every year, around 2.5 million aging parents get treated for fall-related injuries, with most of the injuries being serious. If you noticed a new scratch or wound on your loved ones, it may be a result of a fall. Though the injuries may be minor, these minor injuries become much more serious as they age. It may be hard for your loved ones to admit they need help, so it’s best to keep an eye out for them and to check them for injuries frequently.
Significant Weight Loss
It’s basic and normal for all of us humans to eat well. Eating healthily and well is what strengthens our bodies and brains. If you noticed a recent and sudden drop in your loved one’s weight, it could be due to a difficult time preparing meals or a loss of appetite symptomatic of a greater problem. In either case, your loved ones should receive assistance for their daily needs if they’re having a hard time doing the most basic tasks such as eating.
Loneliness can have the same negative impact on our elderly loved one’s health as an illness. If they aren’t getting out and staying active, moving them to a place where they can connect and socialize with others may be the answer. While living in an assisted living community can limit their independence due to the 24-hour care, it also provides your loved ones with a new social community where they can bond and make new friends.
Choose Assisted Living at TerraBella Newton
If you notice any of these signs in your aging parents, you’ll be glad to know that they will be in good hands with our dedicated team at TerraBella Newton. We offer an exceptional Assisted Living option in our retirement community as well as resort-style amenities that will keep your loved ones satisfied. To find out more, contact us today!