Moving is seldom easy. In fact, it is often cited as one of the most stressful events for American adults. For older adults, the decision to move into an assisted living facility may be particularly challenging. So, how do you know when it is time to make the move? Read below as we take a moment to discuss three signs that it may be time.
1. You are having trouble with daily activities. As an older adult, it may be hard to admit that age is beginning to get the best of you. It may be even harder to relinquish your independence. Even so, it may be time to consider moving to an assisted living facility if you are having trouble with daily activities such as:
- Grocery shopping
- Preparing meals
- Paying your bills
- Keeping the house clean
- Doing yard work
- Remembering to take your medicine
2. You no longer feel safe at home. Feeling unsafe at home can be another sign that it is time to transition to an assisted living facility. As a senior, you may begin to feel less confident living independently if your current home is not equipped for aging in place. For example, the lack of grab bars in one or more bathrooms may make you feel insecure. The lack of a personal alert system or plan to summon help in an emergency may also make you nervous. Forgetting to turn off the stove or the inability to use household appliances properly may add to any misgivings you may have about continuing to live on your own.
3. You feel isolated and miss doing the things you used to enjoy. One of the benefits of moving into an assisted living facility is that it may provide opportunities to socialize and participate in activities you used to enjoy. This may be especially important if you have been living on your own with limited access to friends and family. Perhaps you feel isolated because you can no longer drive. Maybe you feel lonely because your family lives in another part of the country and your friends have moved away. If so, moving into an assisted living facility may benefit you both physically and emotionally.
There are nearly 30,000 assisted living facilities in the United States. You will no doubt have plenty of options when you do decide to move. Before you do, however, consult an attorney with experience in elder law. This can help you cope with some of the challenges you may face along the way. Please consider contacting our law firm to learn more about the ways in which we can help you and your family as you make the transition to assisted living now or in the future.