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Signs Your Loved One Could Benefit From Assisted Living

Signs Your Loved One Could Benefit From Assisted Living

More and more adult children are becoming caregivers for their loved ones. That means, there may come a point in time when you are left to make difficult decisions for the health and wellbeing of your loved one. Often times, these decisions can weigh on you emotionally, but it’s important to understand your loved one may need more care than you can provide.

When that time comes, you often can sense it. You know that the bills are piling up, the food in the refrigerator is spoiling and you can’t be around as often as your loved one needs you to be there. That’s typically when it comes time to start researching assisted living care. While you may be hesitant to make the decision, it’s your job to do what is in the best interest of your loved one. You have to remember that they need you to be an advocate.

So, how do you confidently know when it is time to consider the benefits of assisted living? How do you know when the time comes to take action?

How to Know Your Loved One Needs Assisted Living

You don’t have to ever feel like you are making the decision for your loved one alone. By meeting with facilities, you can learn more about their offerings and get their opinions on the level of care that is right for your loved one’s needs.

Below are some other signs you should look for that your loved one might benefit from assisted living:

  • Missing appointments and pre-planned events
  • Poor diet and weight loss
  • Changes in mood, including depression, anger or confusion
  • Hygiene issues and disheveled clothing
  • Unexplained falls or bruising
  • Forgetfulness
  • A cluttered, disorganized or dirty home
  • Unpaid bills, bounced checks or missing finances
  • Forgetting to take medicines
  • Confusion when doing things that are typically routine
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Risky driving behaviors

Ultimately, if you are a primary caregiver for your loved one, you will be able to tell when things start to change. Pay close attention to their home and their appearance.

If you notice their home is becoming difficult to manage, trash is piling up and chores are being left undone, it might be time to consider taking action. If your loved one is neglecting their personal hygiene, their mood is changing and they are becoming forgetful, you might want to make an appointment with their primary caregiver. They will be able to help answer any questions you may have and give you the support you need in making the right decision for your loved one’s future.

Find Support in Your Journey at St. Joseph of the Pines

Whether you are just starting your research into assisted living facilities or are ready to make a decision for your loved one, St. Joseph of the Pines can help. Our senior living community offers a full continuum of care, ensuring your loved one gets the assisted living support they need now and well into the future as needs may change. Learn more about all the amenities and services available to our residents by scheduling a tour of our Belle Meade and Pine Knoll campuses. We would love to help support you in making the right decision for your loved one.

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