How do I know when retirement living is the right option?

Seniors place a heavy emphasis on aging in place. In fact, figures from the American Association of Retired Persons suggest approximately 90 percent of adults 65 and older would prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible. While this is certainly an admirable goal, and one that many older adults get to accomplish, for some, it’s not a feasible option. Whether they have Alzheimer’s disease, a chronic condition that needs constant supervision or significant mobility issues, assisted living is often the better option for seniors.

Although your elderly relative may be reticent to leave  his or her home, assisted living allows individuals to maintain a level of independence while still receiving the medical care and attention they need. It’s never an easy decision to make, but there are certain indicators that your loved one may need to move to a retirement living setting.

Look around the home
One of the most evident signs your parent or grandparent might need the help of supportive living is if their home has become increasingly unkempt. For instance, dirty dishes piling up in the sink, food going bad in the refrigerator and several weeks’ worth of newspapers accumulating should all raise red flags. Similarly, you should be on the lookout for signs they’re not taking care of themselves, including whether they are wearing the same clothes or have not bathed.

A history of falls
Falls are one of the biggest threats to senior health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they are the leading cause of injury-related death among adults 65 and older. If your loved one falls, it could be time for them to move to retirement living. Not only will retirement living facilities make it easier for them to find help if they fall again, but they are often arranged in such a way to make it easier for older adults to stay more mobile and active.

Lax medication management
Whether for controlling high blood pressure, diabetes or pain, medication plays a vital role in the lives of seniors. However, if patients are not taking them properly, they may be putting themselves at risk for a number of complications. There are signs that this could be the case, including expired prescription bottles.