The decision of where and how to live is something people face in every stage of life. For older adults, however, some unique factors must be taken into account as they consider their living situations.
At times, a family caregiver is the one who makes the decision of where a loved one is going to live. We know that this can be a very difficult decision to make. We know that loved ones are putting great trust in us, even with the seemingly simple step to tour our memory care communities.
Some older adults may want to live independently but an illness or disability (such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other illnesses of cognitive degeneration) prevent them from living completely on their own. For others, income presents a difficulty with keeping up a home. Others may be able to live on their own, but desire the social interactions communal living provides.
There are many reasons someone may decide it’s time to move to an independent living home. Independent living offers a chance for seniors to experience the joy of community and activity without the worry and daily grind of keeping up a home. Assisted living is for individuals who need slightly greater (but still varying degrees) of care and help.
At Mesa View Senior Assisted Living (and at our partner locations: Harbor View Senior Assisted Living and Bay View Assisted Living) our highly competent staff work hard to provide personalized care to each member of our memory care communities.
4 Questions to Determine if it’s Time to Consider Assisted Living
We’ve found that many family members say they wish they would have moved their loved ones into our communities sooner. Here is a quick guide that might help family members decide when it’s time for a loved one to move to an assisted living or independent living community.
- Is your loved one forgetting to take medication?
Depending on your loved one’s medical condition, forgetting medications can be extremely harmful or even life threatening. This can be a clear sign that an older adult needs more help with daily living.
- Has your loved one started to become aggressive?
Assisted living communities provide environments that help de-escalate aggression, especially in someone with cognitive decline. Your loved one will live in a home-like situation with 24/7 care.
- Is your loved one experiencing isolation or sadness?
You might notice your loved one sleeping more than usual or “checking out” of social or life events. Signs of isolation might be shying away from communicating via phone or video chat or not wanting to spend time with family and friends. While you and/or your loved one might find it difficult to consider assisted living, many individuals are able to maintain a significant amount of independence in senior living communities. Additionally, being able to socialize with others in similar life stages can help some older adults feel significantly less isolated.
- Are you feeling burned out as a family caregiver?
Many family members provide care for years, but a change in their loved one’s condition might prompt them to consider professional care. Family caregiving can be incredibly rewarding, but also intensely challenging, especially when a loved one’s health starts declining more seriously.
San Diego’s Top Memory Care and Senior Care Community
MesaView Senior Assisted Living in La Mesa, California is one of the top assisted living facilities in the greater San Diego area. We’re known for our compassionate caregivers, beautiful grounds, and personalized, individualized care. We consider it an honor to walk alongside families as they traverse the challenging and heartbreaking journey of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.