Watching a loved one grow old is certainly a privilege, but you’ll likely witness the downsides of aging as well. While many older individuals are able to live independently, quality of life can rapidly deteriorate without others taking notice. If you’re considering placing your loved on in an assisted living facility, here are some things you should look out for.
When you visit, check to see if the living space is clean. If an aging individual is unable to keep up with the requirements of keeping a home, this may be a sign that they could use some extra help.
Piles of unopened mail could indicate several different problems. This could be a sign of cognitive issues, especially if bills are being forgotten. Unpaid bills could also be a sign of financial problems.
Medication and Nutrition
If medications aren’t being taken on time, your loved one may need help to stay on schedule. When you visit, also check on the state of the kitchen. A pile of frozen dinners could mean the individual does not or can not cook proper meals and may not be getting the right nutrition.
Does your loved one still participate in their favorite activities or hobbies? If not, transportation could be an issue. They may either be afraid to drive or unable to travel to their favorite spots. Senior living centers often offer group activities for socialization.
If you think your loved one may be ready for assisted living or could benefit from a senior living facility, check out The Chelsea at Manalapan, 445 Route 9 South, Manalapan, NJ 07726, (732) 972-6200.