Many people confuse assisted living with nursing home care. While many assisted living facilities offer on-site medical care or a continuum of care, they are not the same as nursing home care. Assisted living focuses on seniors who may need a little assistance but are still actively independent. But how do you know when it is right to move to assisted living? The answer varies from person to person, but here are a few suggestions.
When Your Home Becomes Overwhelming
Many people purchase as big of a house as they can afford when they are young and raising families. A big house gives the children room to grow, and when you are younger, you do not mind all of the upkeep a large home requires. But time changes things.
When you look around and find that you have more house and yard than you want to take care of, it may be time to move to an independent or assisted living facility. Many assisted living facilities will not provide on-site dining options but may include housekeeping and laundry services.
Because you will still have your own space, your friends and family can visit the assisted living facility. You will have more time to enjoy them because you will have help preparing for their visits.
When You Find Yourself Socially Isolated
Do you realize that you are at increased risk of health problems when you are socially isolated? Some of these problems include:
- Heart disease
There is even about a 50% increased risk of developing dementia. Unfortunately, approximately one-fourth of people 65 and over are considered to be socially isolated. Numerous things can cause social isolation, such as the death of a spouse, distant family and friends, or simply the lack of social connections. Illnesses, disabilities, transportation issues, or unemployment also cause social isolation.
When you move into an assisted living community, you will find a large community of like-minded people, some of whom will be around your age. You will find people who understand and like some of the same things you do. Assistant living communities also offer many planned social activities and outings. They will even take care of transportation into the community.
When You Have Increased Medical Conditions
Aging, unfortunately, often brings about increased medical needs that sometimes make remaining home unsafe. Sometimes you find yourself experiencing balance issues or having more falls.
Sometimes you need a little assistance, such as medication reminders, or someone to administer specific treatments. You can find medical services in most assisted living communities. The best part is someone is close by to help you with whatever needs you have.
Contact a local assisted living facility to learn more.