Many of us may take independent living for granted. It may not be until we reach an age where living on our own becomes difficult that we even begin to consider the possibility of moving into an assisted living facility. When, however, is the right time to move into an assisted living facility? Let us discuss some clues that it may be time to make this transition.
The decision to move to an assisted living facility can be such a big one and it can be, therefore, important to be honest in your self-assessment. If you do not think you can be objective about your circumstances, seek the advice of trusted friends or family. Having said that, it may be time to move to an assisted living facility if:
- You no longer drive and have to rely on others for transportation
- You no longer participate in activities you once enjoyed
- You no longer socialize as much as you once did
- You feel lonely and/or isolated
- You are having trouble managing routine tasks
It may also be time to move to an assisted living facility if you are having trouble doing “simple things,” such as:
- Making nutritious meals on a regular basis
- Grocery shopping
- Household chores (vacuuming, dusting and so on)
- Yard work (mowing the lawn, raking leaves, shoveling snow, etc.)
- Doing laundry
- Showering, shaving, dressing, etc.
- Keeping track of and taking your medications
- You no longer feel safe at home
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it may be time to consider relocating to an assisted living facility if you no longer feel safe living on your own. You may feel this way if:
- You recently fell and were injured
- You have had more than one fall
- You have a new medical condition or an existing medical condition is getting worse
- You do not have a personal alert system to summon help if you are incapacitated
- You forget to turn off the stove and other appliances after using them
- You are afraid to use certain household appliances
- Your home is not equipped for aging in place
The bottom line is that your health and safety is important. There is no shame in admitting that you need help with things that once came easily or that you no longer feel safe living on your own. The right assisted living facility can provide you with a safe, secure environment where you can socialize with other residents and participate in activities you once enjoyed.
Since making this move often has both financial and legal implications, it can be important to consult qualified professionals prior to making any commitments. As always, we are here to address any questions and concerns you may have about this critical step.