Transitioning into old age with grace can be difficult for the independent person. Relying on someone else to help manage your daily life can feel like you’re relinquishing control that you would rather retain for far longer.

Assisted living is a valuable tool any older person can benefit from, especially if they experience a chronic or otherwise degenerative condition. Even though your loved one might not want to benefit from the advantages of assisted living, it’s estimated that nearly 55% of older people fear that the need for long-term care will place a burden on their families.

Here are some of the first signs your loved one might need long-term care and how an assisted living facility can help.

Signs your loved one needs assisted living

While nursing homes and community facilities can help your loved one with the occasional task, assisted living facilities work hard to ensure the wellbeing of your loved one through a variety of daily activities. One of the first ways to tell that your loved one is in need of long-term care is when they experience any one of these issues:

  • The inability to bathe
  • Forgetting to eat, or experiencing trouble with eating
  • They have begun to wander or get lost
  • They experience a decline in cognition
  • It has become difficult to manage bills or other finances
  • They fail to take medication
  • They exhibit signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s

But it isn’t just your loved one who may show signs that assisted living is needed. At-home unpaid caregivers often struggle under the stress of long-term care. If you’re feeling a decline in your own quality of life because you’re taking care of your loved one, you may want to consider an assisted living home or another form of memory care facility. There are a number of different factors that can help you determine when your loved one needs assisted living care.

Assisted living can help your loved one cope with a variety of factors. If you or a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s, contact Heritage Hills for more information on quality memory care and assisted living facilities.