Five warn­ing signs that your loved one should be con­sid­er­ing a move to a re­tire­ment Home / Se­nior Com­mu­nity

Montreal Times - - News - By Matt DelVec­chio Mon­treal Times

It’s not easy to ad­mit that one is get­ting older, es­pe­cially when your body and your mind are not what they used to be. Mov­ing a fam­ily mem­ber into a se­nior care res­i­dence is never a sim­ple de­ci­sion. It may not be easy to broach the sub­ject with your loved ones. In fact, they may be re­sis­tant to mov­ing and they may fear los­ing their in­de­pen­dence.

How­ever, here are 5 warn­ing signs that your loved one should be con­sid­er­ing a move to a re­tire­ment / se­nior res­i­dence:

When there are phys­i­cal and anatom­i­cal signs of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion that will af­fect their well-be­ing and their safety. A per­son who is hav­ing trou­ble get­ting out to shop or re­mem­ber­ing how to cook or when to eat can re­sult in sig­nif­i­cant nu­tri­tional is­sues. This could range from un­healthy weight loss or con­versely, ex­ces­sive weight gain. Check the fridge and watch meal-prep skills. Other ex­am­ples in­clude loss of sight or hear­ing, loss of bal­ance, stroke, dis­ease. or phys­i­cal con­di­tions, such as arthri­tis and os­teo­poro­sis.

Cog­ni­tive de­cline can have se­ri­ous ram­i­fi­ca­tions, es­pe­cially if your loved one can't take med­i­ca­tions cor­rectly, is not able to fix a meal or doesn't re­mem­ber to eat. If a loved one ex­hibits con­fu­sion, poor judg­ment, or other signs of cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment, as­sisted liv­ing is of­ten a good next step.

There are the psy­cho­log­i­cal costs of care­giv­ing and of mak­ing dif­fi­cult care de­ci­sions, which can be com­pared to the ef­fects of post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der. Care­givers may ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms like dis­abling anx­i­ety, hy­per-vig­i­lance and more.The emo­tional, men­tal and phys­i­cal toll of care­giv­ing can be par­tic­u­larly pro­nounced for adult children or spouses of those who need care. In cases like this, when the de­mands of care be­come too great, it might be clear im­me­di­ately. In other cases, it might not be so ob­vi­ous. This is a com­mon rea­son why fam­i­lies con­sider a move. They no­ticed that their loved ones are not as sure on their feet as they used to be or their eye­sight is less clear, caus­ing them to be a fall risk. Ac­cord­ing to the Cana­dian Pub­lic Health Agency, falls re­main the lead­ing cause of in­juryre­lated hos­pi­tal­iza­tions among Cana­dian se­niors.

It’s nor­mal for ac­tiv­ity to de­crease with age. But if your loved one once en­joyed spend­ing time in the yard gar­den­ing, or sim­ply be­ing with friends, and then chooses to no longer en­gage in th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties, or rarely leaves the house, it may be time to con­sider a se­nior liv­ing res­i­dence.This is a sign that be­hav­ioral changes are un­der­way.

Help­ing your loved ones to rec­og­nize the signs of when it is time to move, hav­ing an open di­a­logue with the fam­ily mem­bers in­volved and tak­ing the time to dis­cuss the op­tions will go a long way in mak­ing the tran­si­tion to se­nior care res­i­dence more agree­able for ev­ery­one.

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