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Three Signs That It’s Time For Assisted Living (based in the US)
The decision about the type of housing we’ll live in as seniors is one that we all face eventually. As you consider what the options are for you or your older loved one, it’s easy to feel inundated with information. That’s why it’s important to seek help with this tough choice, as it can be a stressful situation for you and your loved one, especially if you lean toward assisted living.
Know the Signs
U.S. News explains discussing the decision to move into assisted living can trigger feelings of guilt and obligation, so it is vital to know whether it is the right senior housing option for you or your loved one. Obviously, the financial aspect is also a key element when making this decision.
If you or your loved one are just having trouble navigating a larger home, downsizing to a smaller one can be an affordable option, especially if you can sell your home for a nice profit and buy a new one outright, with leftover money to put toward home expenses or savings. But maintenance and upkeep will need to be considered as well, and while a smaller home can seem more cost-effective, independent living or assisted living could cost less. Plus, if you or your senior loved one are struggling with daily chores or errands, that could be the tipping point.
Here are three ways to know if assisted living is the right choice:
1.) In-Home Care Has Become Expensive.
When first choosing where to live as you or your loved one age, you may have opted to stay at home or with a family member. This often requires in-home care to assist with the activities of daily life, like housekeeping, meal preparation, and shopping. Additionally, things like home repair and renovation become more difficult and costly; for example, if you need to replace a broken window to combat a drafty room, you’ll need to contact a pro and get a quote. The National Council for Aging Care notes that as time goes on, things like this may get more and more expensive.
If you or your loved one requires more regular care, the costs can rise quickly, and budgeting for assistance can become more challenging. Additionally, if your loved one requires more knowledgeable medical care, a home care professional may not be able to meet your needs.
2.) Your Loved One is a Danger To Themselves or Someone Else.
Dementia can take a toll on a senior’s ability to control themselves. Some older adults with dementia will act out and can even become violent. There are ways to reduce this behaviour, but if those have proven to be ineffective, then it may be time to consider other options.
Additionally, when seniors begin to lose their memory, they may wander out of the house, leading to them getting lost or injured. You can take security measures to limit the ability of your loved one to leave the house unattended or injure themselves, but if keeping them in check has become a full-time affair, an assisted living facility may be the right choice.
3.) You Are Burnt Out.
VerywellMind explains caring for a loved one can be a stressful, emotionally taxing job. When caregiver stress starts to get too high, it could cost you your mental health, which isn’t good for either of you. If your ability to care for your loved one is hindered because of caregiver stress, an assisted living facility may be the best choice for you.
It is no doubt that considering a move to an assisted living facility is a tough choice for seniors. Armed with the right information, you can be sure you are making the best choice for you or your loved one’s health and well-being for years to come. And taking action now can truly go a long way toward a better quality of life.
Elderly Care: A Guide for Families New to Caring (based in the UK)
The guide offers lots of helpful information such as:
- Getting started on finding care, understanding different and varied care options available, as well as costs and legal considerations when planning for elderly care.
- Home modifications and assistive technologies that can improve the daily living of elderly family members.
- Support networks and charities that offer help and support for both people in need of elderly care and their families.
- Other helpful resources and tools to help family members begin to find the best possible care option for their elderly.
Caring.com (based in the US)
I work with a group of senior advocates and based on conversations with community leaders across the US, many ageing adults are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help maintain their independence and quality of life. So we created a free resource that provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support and care options that are available.
Drugwatch .com (based in the US)
My name is Kristen, and I work with Drugwatch; a free web health resource, reviewed by the Health on the Net Foundation.
According to the CDC, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and this number is expected to almost triple to 14 million people by 2060.
At Drugwatch, we’ve published a brand new comprehensive and easy to read Alzheimer’s Health Guide that covers what the disease is, diagnosis and stages, causes and risks, symptoms, treatment, and more.
Alzheimer’s is complex – we’re hoping to help shine a light on what we do know about this irreversible, largely age-related neurodegenerative brain disorder.
Paying for Assisted Living (based in the US)
Our mission is to help the elderly and their families fully understand the cost of long term care and the programs in your community that can provide much needed financial support. We have an online database of tools and resources that cover topics like available care options and free support that is available.
Insurancewith (based in the US)
This guide is called ‘The Essential Guide to Travelling with a Medical Condition‘ and it highlights:
- Some of the common problems associated with travelling abroad with a health condition.
- How to plan and pack for a holiday if you have a disability or certain health issues, including dementia.
- Vaccinations and visas, and taking medical supplies through customs.
- Other useful tips and resources to help you travel safely.