As a loved one begins to age, you may start to worry about how best to care for him or her. One way to ensure that your family member has the care and attention needed for a happy, healthy life is to consider an assisted living community. Here are a few signs that assisted living is best for your aging loved one:
Trouble with Medications - If your loved one has medications that must be taken on a regular basis, but he or she is forgetting to take it, an assisted living community is an ideal situation. Skilled nursing staff can administer medicine and monitor for side effects. You'll also have peace of mind knowing that your family member won't run out of important medication or won't accidentally mix medicines.
Changes in Personal Care - When a person ages, he or she may lose the ability to maintain a high level of personal care. You may notice that he or she wears dirty clothes, isn't bathing or showering regularly, or hasn't had a recent hair cut. Because personal care and hygiene is crucial to staying well, both physically and mentally, an assisted living community is a great way to be certain your loved one stays well groomed, clean, and healthy.
Memory Concerns - Changes in memory are common with aging, but some can be dangerous. Forgetting to throw out old or stale food can lead to food-borne diseases, not taking out the trash can cause flies or other pests, and forgetting to purchase personal care products or cleaning products can lead to unsanitary conditions. Other ways memory concerns are dangerous and should lead to consideration of an assisted living community include:
- Forgetting to turn off the stove or oven.
- Forgetting to lock doors.
- Forgetting what is happening while cooking.
- Forgetting basic traffic rules and signals.
If you feel like your aging loved one could benefit from an assisted living community, stop by San Clemente Villas By The Sea. We offer a retirement community that is just right for active, independent seniors and those who need a bit of assistance. Call (949) 485-4028 for more information.