We often hear from adult children right after a visit with their parents. They notice that it takes mom and dad longer to do daily tasks, that they’ve had more frequent health scares or that they aren’t leaving the house like they used to. These signs often build up slowly over time, and it can be hard to tell exactly when it’s time to consider assisted living.
If you’re in this same position as a child or spouse and are unsure whether it’s time to transition, look for these signs.
Inability to Complete Day-to-Day Activities
If your parents are struggling with completing day-to-day tasks and activities (like bathing, dressing, eating and other self-maintenance tasks), this is a sign that it’s time to transition to assisted living. Meadow Woods assisted living at Martin Luther Campus offers health services and personal care, an individualized care plan and an emergency call system that provides assistance 24-hours a day.
If your loved ones have had a serious inability to focus, they continually ask the same questions, or they only remember events from years ago but can't remember what they did five minutes ago, then they may be in need of memory care. At the Martin Luther Campus, we offer Ebenezer's Dimensions® Memory Care Program. The Dimensions Program prepares our staff to provide exceptional, compassionate care using evidence-based best practices.
Loneliness and Isolation
If you have a loved one who feels lonely and can’t drive or attend fun social outings anymore, assisted living or adult day programs provides much-needed socialization. Martin Luther Campus offers social activities like art and music therapy, weekly worship, a beauty and barber shop and other social activities.
Many elderly people have balance problems and begin to frequently fall and become injured. Once they are badly hurt the first time, they may become inactive to prevent a second injury. This inactivity leads to declining health and is not beneficial for anyone’s physical health or mental health. Assisted living provides safe and accessible spaces to minimize fall risks, as well as immediate care for a health crisis.
If your parents are becoming forgetful, unable to do their normal activities, or feel isolated and alone, it’s time to look into moving them into assisted living. We understand how difficult that conversation can be. We have experience helping seniors and their families transition into assisted living. Call us at 952-948-5167 for more information or to schedule a tour – we can offer guidance and help you navigate the world of assisted living.
Martin Luther Campus is part of the Ebenezer family of Lutheran Senior Care Communities. We provide transitional care and assisted living apartments for seniors in Bloomington and Richfield. We also have adult day clubs and memory care programs for seniors living at home. We’re located at 1401 East 100th St. Bloomington, MN. Are you interested in transitioning to assisted living or do you have a loved one that needs assisted living? Call Amy at 952-948-5167 for more information and to schedule a tour today.
7/6/2022 04:26:53 pm
Thanks for mentioning how assisted living facilities provide spaces that are safe and accessible to minimize the risk of falling. Both of my parents have fallen and been injured within the past few months. Because of this, my siblings and I will have to consider moving them into an assisted living facility with a safer environment.
9/6/2022 03:45:45 pm
It stood out to me when you mentioned that inactivity in seniors can lead to declining health. My father doesn't get out much because he is worried that he might catch Covid-19 or something similar. It might be a good idea for him to move into some kind of assisted living center so that he can get some kind of activity in his life.
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