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6 Signs Your Aging Parents May Need Help

As seniors take their independence very seriously, it can be difficult to talk to them about a possible move from their existing home to a Jacksonville senior living or nursing home community. It’s not always obvious that older adults need the professional help senior living facilities provide, so here are a few important things to evaluate.

Overall Health: If your senior is suffering from chronic health conditions, it may be time to consider a move. Common senior diseases like arthritis, vision loss and overall loss of mobility can bring about a significant decline in quality of life, as your loved one will find it harder to run errands, go to the doctor and to socialize. Signs of frailty, incontinence, weight loss and falling are also important issues to consider.

Psychology: It’s important to make sure your loved one is not just healthy on the outside, but on the inside as well. Make sure to notice if your loved one seems depressed, isolated or disinterest in lifelong hobbies. Mental acuity is a vital part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and with The Alzheimer’s Association estimating that 5.5 million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia; make sure to be on the lookout for symptoms of memory loss. Any of these issues could be a sign they may benefit from a move to a different environment.

Lifestyle: One of the advantages of senior care facilities is that there are experienced professionals who work with residence throughout the day. Staff members are trained to ensure that seniors are comfortable, safe and engaging with others. While some older adults may be able to live alone, others may have difficulty when navigating the layout of a house, let alone performing housekeeping tasks like cooking and cleaning. In addition to providing healthy meals and planned activities senior care facilities are designed to make life easier and to be mobile.

Social Well-Being: As friends pass on or move away, seniors will become isolated as their social network dwindles. This can in turn lead to depression and other mental health conditions, so families should make sure that older adults have access to recreational activities and are maintaining and developing new friendships. If this doesn’t appear to be possible, then it may be time to consider a senior care community.

Hygiene: Hygiene is a strong indication of both physical and mental health. Caregivers should consider whether their loved one is still able to dress, bathe and toilet without assistance.

Caregiver: If it has become obvious that your loved one needs help, you will need to evaluate if there is a family member who can assume the full-time responsibility of caregiving. If not, it’s time to consider the many benefits of assisted living facilities here in Jacksonville.

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