There are a number of telltale signs that your loved one is finding it harder to live on their own and would benefit from transitioning to a personal care community. Here are five of the most common signs that can help determine whether personal care is the right choice:
1. Difficulty with day-to-day activities. If bathing, getting dressed, and doing laundry are becoming difficult, this is an indicator that living at home is becoming challenging for your loved one.
2. Increasing clutter and poor housekeeping. An increasingly untidy living space may indicate that your loved one is experiencing some physical limitations in his or her home. This can lead to several physical and health hazards.
3. Unexplained bruising. Bruises are an obvious sign that your loved one has had a recent accident, such as a fall. The odds of this happening again are very likely if he or she continues living alone.
4. Isolation. Being along becomes an issue when seniors stop interacting regularly with their friends and family and can no longer transport themselves. This can lead to a number of health issues, like depression.
5. Poor diet or weight loss. When cooking becomes too much of a chore, people may opt for frozen meals that are lacking in nutrition or may forgo eating altogether. Pay close attention to what’s in your loved one’s refrigerator and whether or not they are losing weight at a rapid rate.
If you’ve already started to notice any of these signs in your loved one, it’s time to speak with him or her about how a move to a personal care community can enhance his or her quality of life.