Have you been thinking about moving to a supportive living environment, such as an assisted living community, but are unsure if it is right for you? Here are some signs that you should consider a move.
7 Signs Assisted Living May Be Right For You
1. Recent accidents or close calls
Falls, accidents, medical scares and fender benders are all signs that assisted living may be right for you, as are falling asleep with pots left cooking on the stove or accidently taking the wrong dose of your medication.
Supportive living environments offer many safeguards against the common pitfalls of living alone. In-house dining prevents cooking disasters, monitoring and administration of drugs stops dangerous medication errors and transportation services get you where you need to go – without the risk of driving.
2. Slow recovery or worsening of a chronic health condition
How quick was your last recovery from an injury, cold, flu, or other illness? Were you willing and able to seek medical care before a simple problem turned into a major complication?
Taking care of simple health problems can be so much more difficult as you age. A trip to the pharmacy may seem so insurmountable that you skip your yearly flu shot, for example. You might skip the trip to the doctor to check out a nagging cold, only to develop bronchitis later. COPD, dementia, diabetes and congestive heart failure can become progressively difficult to manage on your own. In time, conditions and complications can make it hard to perform the activities of daily living, such as dressing, shopping, cooking, doing laundry and managing medications.
Supportive living environments offer daily periodic checks and wellness packages that help you stay well and optimize recovery time. They also offer other assisted living services to help you recover from an illness, such as assistance with bathing or showering, dressing, meals, walking or transferring from your bed to a chair.
3. Unintended weight loss
Unintended weight loss is an undeniable sign that you could benefit from assisted living. Such an environment provides services that help you overcome physical problems that make it difficult to shop for groceries or cook nutritious foods safely.
In a supportive living environment, you will get all the delicious and nutrient-rich food you need to stay healthy, without all of the hassle of shopping, cooking and cleaning.
4. Feeling physically depleted
Feeling physically depleted is a sure sign that life would be easier in an assisted living community. If you have trouble getting out of bed or rising from a chair, feel unsteady on your feet while in the shower, or hang onto chairs and tables as you walk through the house, your decreased mobility and energy is putting you at risk for falling.
Supportive living environments provide personalized assisted living services, such as help with bathing, aid with walking and assistance transferring between your bed and a chair.
5. Cutting back on the comforts, responsibilities – and basic necessities – of life
Taking care of responsibilities is time consuming; mobility issues can make activities of daily living difficult and sometimes even painful. Washing dishes, cooking meals and going to doctor appointments can all take a big bite out of your day. To get everything done, you might start cutting corners. Simple comforts, such as clean clothing that fits well, hygiene and properly prepared, nutritious and appealing food, are usually the first things to go.
Slowing down on personal hygiene because you do not have the time, energy or will, or because you forget, is a sign that assisted living might be right for you. Leaving housework undone, allowing the yard to become dangerously overgrown and trouble keeping up on bill payment and other responsibilities are also signs that it is time to move to a supportive living environment.
6. Social isolation
Social isolation is a clear sign that you could benefit from moving to assisted living. Mobility problems, the loss of a driver’s license, or fear of driving after an accident can start social isolation; living far away from friends and relatives worsens social isolation. Without social support, you may not be able to buy groceries, go to the doctor and perform other necessary tasks. You may even have to fend for yourself during a disaster. Social isolation also increases your risk for depression and other illnesses.
7. Cutting back on your favorite hobbies and pastimes
Cutting back on hobbies and pastimes is a sign that you may benefit from assisted living. Being busy is a good thing, of course, but you might be so busy trying to take care of your responsibilities that you have no time for the things you love, such as spending time with your family, engaging with friends and participating in your favorite hobby.
Other issues may cause you to cut back on your favorite activities. Mobility problems may prevent you from going to your favorite restaurant, community group or social club. Depression may cause you to lose interest in club memberships or trips to the library.
Supportive living environments offer a variety of services in which dedicated professionals perform everyday tasks for you, leaving you more time to enjoy the company of friends or engage in a favorite hobby.
Benefits of Assisted Living
Supportive living environments, like an assisted living community, provide a number of benefits, including:
• Weekly housekeeping
• Weekly linen and laundry service
• Dining options with accommodations for special diets
• Transportation to banks, shopping, doctor offices and other important locations throughout the surrounding community
• Basic utilities, such as electricity, heat/air-conditioning, water, trash and basic cable
• Professional, coordinated assistance during a disaster
If you are experiencing signs of limited mobility and decreased energy, social isolation, recent falls or narrow escapes, unintended weight loss, or slow recovery from an illness or injury, assisted living at Gull Creek may be right for you. We offer weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry service, as well as delicious meals tailored to your dietary needs. Schedule a trip to the surrounding community for shopping, banking, doctor visits or religious services. No more worries about the utilities – we include basic utilities and basic cable.