For most people, the decision to move into an adult living community is a difficult one. In many cases, it’s prompted by serious health issues and a desire to spend the remainder of their lives in comfort and safety. There are many types of independent living, so before you make your decision, here are some things that you should look out for before moving to Harris County, TX adult living communities:
They Need Extra Assistance
Some seniors need help but don’t want to ask for it. They may be uncomfortable asking their children because they feel like they should be able to take care of themselves, or they don’t want their kids to worry.
In other cases, older adults have been living alone and doing everything on their own for so long that they’ve lost the ability or interest in asking others for assistance. If a senior is getting by just fine in their home environment, there’s no real reason to move out. But if you notice that your loved one isn’t eating right (or at all), isn’t taking care of him- or herself as well as he or she used to and needs more medical attention than usual—you or your loved one may need help from professionals who can see what’s going on behind closed doors.
Their Eating Habits are Changing
If you realise you or your loved ones are avoiding certain foods, it may be time for your loved one to move into an adult living community where dining is important as there are plenty of healthy options available.
In addition to eating healthier foods that can reduce medical costs (such as lowering cholesterol levels), research also shows that there is also a correlation between poor nutrition and cognitive decline later in life.
Their Medical Needs Are Changing
The next step is deciding if you or your loved one needs help with their medical needs. This can be a difficult decision because most seniors want to stay in their own home, but they may need more frequent medical care and specialized assistance. The following are some signs that you or your loved one might need more help with health:
- They are having more frequent medical emergencies
- They have trouble getting around on their own and fall often
- They can’t do basic tasks, such as light housekeeping or preparing meals
They Find It Difficult to Do Daily Tasks
You may have noticed that you or your loved one isn’t as active anymore. They might not be able to do things like walking around the block, going grocery shopping and running errands. This is because they don’t have the energy they once had.
If you see that this is happening in your loved one, it might lead you to believe that he or she doesn’t need adult living communities anymore. However, there are other reasons why this could happen besides them being ready for a nursing home or assisted living facility:
- Your loved one can no longer walk because of health issues (like arthritis) or mobility problems (such as diabetes).
- Your loved one has lost weight due to illness but still needs help with daily tasks like bathing and dressing themselves after losing their ability to do so independently.
- Your loved one has moved into a smaller apartment where there isn’t enough room for him/herself along with all the items needed on a daily basis such as medications and personal care products such as shampooing hair while sitting in the shower area instead of standing up at an actual sink inside their bathroom closet area (which could mean having lots of clutter everywhere).
Make The Best Choice
While all of these are valid reasons to move into an adult living community, it’s important to remember that the choice should be yours. If you’re considering such a move, make sure you understand what your options are and how they will affect your everyday life before committing. For more information on our retirement communities, contact us today!