Four telltale signs your parent is ready for senior living
Guiding a parent into the next phase of life after retirement, including transitioning into a senior living community, isn’t easy. Knowing that he or she is ready for the transition can make it much easier.
It's great if your mom or dad independently realizes and expresses the desire for a change, but that doesn’t always happen. The following lifestyle patterns are good indicators that it may be time to start the conversation.
1. Changes in diet patterns
From grocery shopping to meal prepping and cleaning dishes, taking care of three meals a day can be taxing on senior parents. Does your parent have, and have access to, healthy food? Is the fridge stocked? Is food expiring? If your parent's food and nutrition patterns shift, it can affect his or her health and quality of life. Moving to a senior living community means hassle-free, healthy meals every day.
2. Declining home condition
Maintaining a house or apartment requires giving a certain level of effort and attention. If you begin to notice growing clutter, overflowing trash bins and unpaid bills in your parent’s home, it’s likely that he or she is (understandably) no longer able to do that on a daily basis. A senior living community provides a comfortable place to call home without as many chores.
3. Home safety issues
While a home may be well-maintained and clean, it can still be unsafe for an aging parent. Do you notice your parent experiencing difficulty going up and down stairs, navigating furniture, and/or operating appliances? It's probably time he or she is ready to live somewhere specifically built for seniors. Senior living communities are designed with seniors in mind with easy-to-maneuver floor plans, an abundance of handrails and more.
4. Loneliness or depression
The transition to life after retirement and beyond is tough, and senior parents may experience loneliness and depression. If your parent begins to withdraw from normal life, giving up hobbies and losing interest in things, he or she may benefit from a senior living community. Not only does it provide an easily accessible social network, but also scheduled activities that regularly stimulate the mind and body.
By watching out for these signs, you can stay proactive in determining your parent's readiness for senior living. At the same time, it’s important to remember that these signs are just signs, not facts. Every situation is unique and delicate, so the most important parts of the process are always communication and compassion. After all, the best decision you can make, whether that’s transitioning to senior living or not, is the one your parent and you can agree to make together.
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