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How to Determine When It’s Time to Move into Senior Living

Having to admit that we might need more help or support for everyday tasks is tough. As we get older, we begin to need more assistance from the people around us. Living alone can be a challenge when getting that assistance. Here are some of the tell-tale signs that a move into a senior living community is the best option for you or your senior loved one.

1. Feelings of Loneliness

Feeling alone can be a major part of senior life especially after losing a partner or spouse. Loneliness can present its challenges in the form of depression. A move into a senior living community can provide a wide variety of opportunities to meet and socialize with new people during an array of activities.

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2. Forgetfulness

It’s easy to forget things as we age. Forgetting important tasks like taking medications on time or cleaning laundry are an indication that it might be time to move into senior living. Many senior living communities will help with medication reminders and other daily tasks so that you don’t have to worry.

3. Family Pressures

Pressure from family to move can also be an indicator of the concerns they have about you being on your own. If you decide it’s time to make the transition, you’ll want to determine what aspects of a senior community you’d want. Try to schedule visits to a variety of senior living communities to find the one that suits you best. Be sure to ask questions. You might even involve your family to help you with the decision process.

4. Questions to Ask

If you still don’t know where you stand, the best way to determine if it’s time to move is to ask yourself some tough questions regarding daily tasks. These questions will provide some insight into what needs are or are not being met:

    • Are meals being eaten regularly?
    • Is there food in the refrigerator or pantry that is expired?
    • Is it difficult to move around your surroundings?
    • Are bills being paid regularly?
  • Are medications being taken on time and correctly?

If the answer to some of these questions is no then a transition to a senior living community should be considered.

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This process can be difficult and unfamiliar to some. If these signs are recognizable then considering to search a for senior living community. StoryPoint is always open to answer any questions you may have about this big life transition. Reach out to your local community for more information about what we have to offer.


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