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Making the Decision

Step 1 for Choosing a Senior Living Community

Let us help you through the process of first evaluating your needs, then finding the right fit and moving in.

There are multiple reasons and simple signs that your parent(s) or family member may no longer be happiest living on their own.

The big reasons would be personal safety; if they might fall or may no longer be able to find their way back home. Or there may be more personal reasons, like they are lonely or overwhelmed with managing a home, or can no longer cook what they love to eat.

When evaluating your parent(s) or loved one’s lifestyle, here are some key questions to ask:

  • Does your family member seem lonely? Is your family member starting to lose friends? Are friends moving away, passing on or no longer interacting?
  • Is their lifestyle changing significantly? Is your family member talking about giving up driving? Does your family member become overly anxious about maintaining the home, or seem overly stressed when making decisions about home repairs?
  • Are you concerned about their health? Is your family member beginning to lose mobility, eyesight or hearing? Are you concerned that your family member may be taking too much medication or not taking it at all?
  • Are they getting the proper nutrition? Has your family member lost or gained 10 pounds over a period of six months or less? What do you see when you look into your family member’s refrigerator and pantry? Is there too much uneaten food? Too little? Is the food moldy?
  • How active is your family member? Are they getting plenty of exercise or just sitting at home all day? Are they stable or have they had a fall?

Continue researching and educating yourself and family members about the care planning that will be needed to make this decision. There are many resources available to you online, through local and national organizations, and through your friends and contacts. If you determine that they should no longer be on their own and assisted living is a better fit to improve their quality of life, researching your options is the proper course of action.

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