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Talking With Your Aging Loved One About Senior Care

 

Because seniors take independent living seriously, it can be very difficult to discuss the possibility of moving to an assisted living or nursing home community. To help make the conversation easier, here are a few important indicators that your senior loved one may need the professional help that senior care facilities can provide.

 

Overall Health: If your senior is suffering from lingering health conditions, it may be time to consider a permanent move. Common senior conditions like arthritis, vision loss and overall loss of mobility can bring about a significant decline in quality of life, and make it increasingly difficult maintain a home, run errands, go to the doctor and attend social events. Signs of increased isolation, frailty, incontinence, weight loss and falling incidence are important issues to look for.

Healthy Attitude: It’s important to ensure your loved one has a healthy mind and attitude. Make sure to look for symptoms of memory loss or if your loved one seems depressed, isolated or disinterest in lifelong friends and hobbies. Mental acuity is a vital part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Alzheimer’s Association estimating that approximately 6 million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Rewarding Lifestyle: Senior Care Facilities are staffed with experienced professionals who care for senior residence throughout the day. Staff members are trained to ensure that seniors are properly cared for, comfortable, safe and engaging with others. While some older adults may be able to live alone, others may have difficulty safely navigating their home, and performing needed housekeeping tasks like cooking and cleaning. In addition to providing healthy meals and planned activities to increase mobility, senior care facilities are designed to create a well-rounded life for seniors.

Social Well-Being: As friends pass on or move away, seniors will become isolated as their social network decreases. 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.

Personal Hygiene: Daily 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.

Family 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 in-home caregiving. If not, it’s time to consider the many benefits of assisted living and nursing home facilities here in Jacksonville.

 

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