There’s no denying that aging in place can be a great option when the circumstances are right. However, what has been working out for some time can gradually change, especially if the needs of your loved one have evolved or they have been feeling socially isolated. When you notice any signs that your loved one needs help, do not hesitate to start the conversation with them and decide on a change that will work in their best interests.
The House Is Getting Untidy or Unkempt
Of course, nobody expects the house to be spotless all the time, but if you find that yard work is being neglected to the point that everything is overgrown, or there are pots and pans still in the sink after days, it’s a sign that something needs to change. Your loved one may be physically able to tend to these tasks, but they may be feeling unmotivated, or the responsibilities may simply have become too much for them.
Your Loved One’s Health Is Suffering
Besides physical signs like losing weight, watch out for a change in your loved one’s mood. Do they appear down, or depressed? Have they seemed to lose interest in the activities they used to enjoy? If so, this can be a sign that they need help.
Meal planning and preparation may have been neglected, causing your loved ones to miss out on the nutrients they need to lead a healthy life. In addition, they may also be shutting themselves up at home whether out of choice or circumstance, leading to social isolation and poor mental health.
Your Loved One Seems Bored or Restless
Sitting around the house all day can get boring, especially if your loved one has no way of accessing the services and socialization opportunities they need. This can be because they have stopped driving, and no one is around to bring them places during the day.
Boredom can take its toll over time, resulting in restlessness and social isolation. Gradually, you may find that your loved one starts to lose their motivation to do anything, including tending to matters of personal hygiene, meeting friends, and going on trips, which can bring down their quality of life.
Discover a Carefree Senior Lifestyle at Country Club At Woodland Hills
At Country Club At Woodland Hills, we understand that your loved ones may find themselves thrust into an unhealthy living situation as circumstances change. Making the choice to transition to a retirement community can be emotional, especially if your loved one is against the idea at first. However, once they have had a chance to tour our senior living cottages, we are confident that they will feel right at home.
With a variety of floor plans on offer, you are sure to find something that suits your loved one’s needs, whether they will be making the move by themselves or with a friend/partner. We welcome you to schedule a tour of our stylish community today.