Knowing When Assisted Living is Necessary
Caring for an elderly loved one can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. For caregivers, it’s sometimes hard to decide to move their elderly loved one to an assisted living community. However, knowing the signs that it may be time for assisted living can not only help caregivers make an informed decision but also prepare their loved one for the changes ahead. Here are five signs every caregiver should look out for:
1. Your Loved One Has Become Increasingly Aggressive
Aggression can be a factor when you are caring for someone with dementia. If you are feeling stressed over your loved one’s aggressive behavior, and you are having difficulty managing their care, it may be time to consider assisted living.
2. It’s Challenging to Keep Up With Their Care Needs
If your elderly loved one has increasing medical or physical care needs, it can be tough to keep up. If this aspect of caring for them becomes too hard to handle and stressful on both you and your loved one, seek some advice from their doctor on how you can better manage their medical needs. It’s also a good idea to do some homework and visit an assisted living community to find out how they can help.
3. Your Loved One Shows Signs of “Sundowners Syndrome”
Sundowners syndrome is common among those who have dementia. Typically people with sundowners syndrome have confusion, which begins later in the day and can continue well into the night. They may display anxious and aggressive behaviors, as well.
4. Your Loved One Has More Fall Accidents Than Usual
As we age, the risks of falling and sustaining an injury increases. If your elderly loved one has had increased falling accidents, an assisted living community can be a safe place to help them avoid falls.
5. You Have Caregiver Burnout
Caring for a loved one who isn’t capable of caring for themselves is no doubt challenging. Many caregivers sacrifice their health and well-being. The following are signs of caregiver burnout, and it may be time to consider assisted living for your elderly loved one:
- Lack of motivation
- Poor eating habits
- No longer interested in hobbies and activities you love
- Lack of sleep
- Chronically ill
- Thoughts of harming yourself or your loved one
Adjusting to an assisted living community can be stressful for both you and your loved one. However, asking questions to get as much information as possible can help you make the right choice. To learn more about how we can help you and your loved one, contact The Arbors Assisted Living to schedule a tour at one of our five convenient locations today!