Signs Assisted Living May Not Be Enough

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The first step for many seniors in need of help with daily activities, is to choose assisted living options. Assisted living communities and in-home care options will help seniors with bathing, grooming, meals, medication management and other daily tasks including mobility. A key aspect of assisted living to remember is sometimes assisted living is not enough. There are times when the health of a senior may become worse and assisted living may not be enough. Here are signs that assisted living may not be enough and the transition to full care should be considered.

Increased Difficulty

Increased signs of difficulty with daily tasks or helping care givers with tasks is a primary sign that assisted living may not be enough. Examples of increased difficulty would be when a senior needs help standing or getting into bed. With assisted living they may be able to help balance themselves with the use of caregiver support. However, over time they may be able to help less and less. This is a sign of increased difficulty.

Difficulty Assisting

Most seniors who use assisted living services have the ability to help caregivers. They can balance themselves, but need help walking. They may be able to dress themselves, but find they need help buttoning clothes or using zippers. Generally, caregivers will work with the senior to help them a little more as their strength decreases. However, if this pattern continues for a long period of time, it should be considered a sign that assisted living may not be enough.

New Health Issues

New health issues may arise for seniors during the course of their retirement years. Assisted living communities and in-home caregivers may be able to help in various aspects of the senior’s lifestyle; however, there are some aspects that are beyond the reach of assisted living. When memory loss, Alzheimer’s or severe medical conditions develop the time to move forward with long-term or round the clock care should be taken into consideration.

Memory Loss Care

Though memory loss care communities often have assisted living portions for residents with mild memory loss issues, the majority of communities will not be able to handle severe memory loss cases. If a senior begins to develop increased memory loss issues or they develop a full range Alzheimer’s illness, it is a sign that round the clock or extended care is necessary and assisted living is no longer enough.