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Signs It's Time To Move To An Assisted Living Community

Learn What To Look For From Your Loved One

If you’re thinking about whether you or a loved one should move to an assisted living community, we understand how difficult it can be for everyone involved. With so many contributing factors to take into account for your unique situation, there are also certain signs you can be watching for.

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Here are some common indications that assisted living would be a good fit:

  • Chronic health problems – If you or a loved one’s health is declining, they will likely become increasingly unable to care for themselves – and even family caregivers can become overwhelmed. This is the time to partner with a team of professionals who are dedicated to their well-being. Assisted living provides help with bathing, dressing, medication management and other activities of daily living, as well as nursing support.
  • Changes in hygiene or signs of self-neglect – You many notice differences in your loved one’s habits that could indicate reduced independence, such as unwashed hair, stained clothes, or unkempt fingernails or facial hair. Often older adults facing mobility issues and/or memory loss will show signs of neglected hygiene. You also may observe signs of weight loss or dehydration, poor medication management or important mail left unopened.
  • Worrisome accidents – Consider whether your loved one would be confident in responding appropriately to emergencies like taking a fall, having a kitchen accident, medical scare or getting into a fender bender. Before a more serious incident occurs, a move to assisted living can bring help with transportation for shopping and appointments, as well as providing fresh, healthy meals.
  • Increased isolation – When living alone, older adults often have fewer social ties and may be more isolated due to memory loss, hearing impairment or mobility issues. Social isolation is considered a risk factor for early mortality and has been associated with cognitive decline, depression, chronic diseases and dementia. According to AARP, signs of social isolation in seniors include withdrawal, loss of interest in personal hygiene, poor nutrition and/or hoarding.

If your loved one is showing some of the above signs, it may be time to initiate a conversation about moving to an assisted living community. Assisted living at The Crossings ensures your loved one has fresh, healthy meals, help with bathing and grooming if needed, medication management, scheduled transportation to appointments and other parts of daily life that become difficult for seniors to keep up with on their own. Here are some of the many benefits you’ll find at our community.

Benefits of Assisted Living at The Crossings

  • Professional care – Assisted living at The Crossings means your loved one has nursing support 24 hours per day/7 days a week, plus help with bathing, grooming, medication management and much more.
  • Carefree living – Residents are free to focus on what they enjoy while housekeeping, cooking and home maintenance are all taken care of for them if they so desire.
  • Decreased isolation – Each day at our community brings an abundance of opportunities for social interaction, health and wellness programming, recreational activities and other events.
  • Safety and security – Secure entrances and wireless call systems provide reassurance, while trained and caring staff are ready to assist 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
  • Peace of mind – With the dedicated attention of a team of assisted living professionals, you can feel more confident in your loved one’s well being.

At The Crossings, we recognize each individual’s unique needs and work with families to create a personalized care plan. We’re here to answer any questions you may have as you consider assisted living and everything it has to offer.

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