How Do You Know It’s Time for Assisted Living?

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Our bodies and minds can change with age, and some of us may benefit from a helping hand or support to maintain safety and foster independence. This is where an assisted living community can be a valuable resource. Assisted living provides older adults with assistance (as needed) with daily tasks, such as dressing, medication management, and meal preparation.

But how do you know it’s time for assisted living? This can be a challenging question to answer since the “right time” may look different for everyone. However, several signs may indicate it’s time to consider additional care. As an assisted living community in Daytona Beach, Florida, our team at Sunscape™ Daytona Beach is sharing information to help you decide if it’s time to consider assisted living.

Difficulty with Activities of Daily Living

Adult granddaguhter supporting her senior grandmother when taking her for walk with walker in park in summer 1One of the primary indicators that it’s time to consider additional care for you or someone you love is increased challenges with activities of daily living (ADLs). ADLs are basic tasks a person must perform every day, such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. If an individual is having difficulty with these tasks, it may be time to transition into an assisted living community like Sunscape Daytona Beach.

By moving into assisted living, individuals receive personalized support with their daily routine that helps them maintain their independence and enhance their overall well-being.

Worsening Medical Conditions

Another sign it may be time for assisted living is if you or someone you love is experiencing a change in health. This could be due to a variety of factors, including chronic conditions, mobility issues, or cognitive decline. 

According to the National Council on Aging, “approximately 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 77% have at least two.” Chronic diseases and other health conditions impact an individual’s ability to care for their health as well as maintain a home and handle other responsibilities. 

Individuals with changing health may need more support with medication management or daily assistance, which assisted living communities can provide.

Experiencing Isolation and Loneliness

Multiracial senior man holding digital tablet looking at laughing friends while sitting on sofaOlder adults living alone may become socially isolated, which can negatively impact their physical and mental health. However, it’s important to note that loneliness and isolation are not the same things. Loneliness is feeling alone or separated, while social isolation is the lack of social connection. 

Assisted living communities are designed to combat social isolation by offering opportunities for connection, companionship, and community engagement. These experiences help improve overall well-being within a supportive and convenient community.

Increasing Safety Concerns

If you or a family member is experiencing difficulty with mobility or balance, safety concerns may need to be addressed. Assisted living communities, like Sunscape Daytona Beach, are designed with safety in mind, with features such as grab bars, handrails, and emergency call systems to ensure the well-being of residents.

Trouble Maintaining the Home

Individuals struggling to maintain their homes due to physical or cognitive limitations may benefit from the services offered by assisted living communities. With housekeeping, laundry, and maintenance services provided, residents of assisted living communities can enjoy safe and comfortable living without the stress of home upkeep and maintenance tasks.

Find Peace of Mind

Assisted living can provide peace of mind for older adults and their families. With care provided around-the-clock, emergency response systems, and socialization opportunities, individuals can enjoy a fulfilling and safe lifestyle, while families rest assured their loved ones are comfortable and safe.

Deciding to move into an assisted living community can be difficult, but it can also be a positive step toward improving quality of life and ensuring that you or your family member receive the care and support they need. Assisted living is about prioritizing wellness, safety, and joy, and the “right time” for your family may look different than others, and that’s okay.

If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the signs above, it may be time to start exploring assisted living options. At Sunscape Daytona Beach, our assisted living community in Daytona Beach, Florida, offers personalized care and support. We would be happy to show you everything we offer when you visit our Daytona Beach community!

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