Most of us will eventually need a little extra help to perform everyday tasks in our retirement years. When that time comes, an assisted living facility can offer numerous benefits. Whether you are on your own or looking out for a friend or relative, here are three signs that it may be time to ask for the help needed to thrive:
Chronic illness. Chronic illnesses such as dementia, diabetes, Lupus, and congestive heart failure can take their toll. These diseases may progress slowly or rapidly, but if you or a loved one suffers from conditions like these, help will be needed sooner rather than later. Prepare and budget for that assistance now before conditions worsen.
Dangerous driving. While there are many areas where one can get access to public transit, those living in rural or underserved areas may try to continue driving long after it’s unsafe for them to do so. When you or a loved one are unable to use transportation safely to get to the grocery store, bank, or hairdresser, it may be time to look for alternatives like an assisted living facility which provides transportation services.
Signs of neglect. We all have days where our homes are cluttered, but when clutter becomes neglect, it may be time to sit down and consider getting help. Grimy bathrooms, mail piled up in mailboxes, pets which look ill-tended, poor personal hygiene, and mold and spills which have not been cleaned up all point to a deteriorating living situation. Not only can an assisted living facility offer help with daily tasks, living in these types of communities has also been found to alleviate depression.
If you are ready to begin a conversation about assisted living options with your loved one, here are some tips to get you started.