When Should I Move to an Assisted Living Care Community?

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Transitioning into an assisted living community isn’t an easy decision, and this can be just as challenging for the caretaker as it is for the senior. But keep in mind that assisted living communities are filled with plenty of amenities, making it an enjoyable environment for seniors. From on-site salons to indoor pools, many assisted living communities are packed with convenient services.

Below are several perks of living in an assisted living care community.

Safety: Assisted living care communities are built specifically for senior citizens, which means there are wheelchair ramps, grab bars, on-site nurses, and more. When seniors lives at home, they often need to spend money for medical alert systems and in-home care, which can be extremely expensive.

Fitness: Watercise classes and fitness programs are often held at assisted living communities. Garden clubs and walking trails are another great way for seniors to exercise and make friends at their new home. Group exercise classes can even be helpful for those with arthritis, by increasing blood flow and muscle strength.

Healthy Meals: Seniors who live alone might cook food that is delicious but not nutritious, and it can be challenging for caregivers to monitor each meal. Assisted living communities offer meals that are tailored toward the residents. There are meals for those who have difficulty swallowing, those with diabetes, and residents who need a heart-healthy diet.

Signs that it’s time to move to an assisted living care community.

Stress on Caregiver: When the caregiver has an overwhelming amount of responsibilities, it can cause a serious amount of stress. Often, the caregiver is fulfilling duties that he or she cannot handle on a long-term basis. When this is the case, it’s time for an assisted living community.

Other signs include:

  • Difficulty grooming & bathing
  • Cannot operate appliances safely
  • Driving but should not be
  • Isolated from others
  • Unpaid bills & stacks of paper laying around

If you’re looking for an assisted living community for your loved one, give us a call at 508.460.5200 to schedule a tour.

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