It may be exceptionally challenging to even begin thinking about looking for assisted living. After all, uprooting your home and life to live somewhere else is a challenging and stressful decision even under the best of circumstances. However, properly assessing your situation and deciding on future plans with regards to assisted living may be amongst the most important things you do in life planning. So read on to have a better understanding of when it is time for assisted living, and what your next steps are from there.
Look for the Signs
Firstly, you may need to consider rationally the reasons why assisted living may be necessary. In order to justify your decision, you will need to consider whether there may be certain things you may need help with or that are troubling you and/or your family. These signs may include:
- Difficulty carrying out basic chores by yourselves
- Difficulty taking the correct medication in proper doses
- Memory issues that may affect daily life
- An increase in medical requirements and needs
- Fears regarding accidents at home
There may be more reasons that may be dependent on your individual circumstances. For instance, you may also want to consider your social circle and network. Assisted living isn’t just about providing support for you, it’s about joining a community of people just like you and staying active and engaged with living life. Once you’re done listing out all these reasons, the next thing to do would be to consider the ability of yourself and your family to support you in these issues. If you still have trouble managing these issues, it may be time to consider assisted living.
Conduct Your Research
After identifying the signs that assisted living may be necessary, the next step is to begin considering the right assisted living community for you. When you begin your search, it’s important not just to consider how assisted living can help you in areas you may find difficult but also consider what’s important to you. Just because you will be living in an assisted living community doesn’t mean you have to give up your independence and your interests. In fact, assisted living should do the exact opposite. Assisted living should assist you in a way such that you have more time, space, and energy to pursue the things that matter to you. This means that you’ll be looking for a team that is holistic and individualizes its services for you.
Different assisted living communities also support differing levels of amenities. This is important if you want to consider the level of comfort you want in your new home. For instance, at Caruth Haven Court By Discovery Senior Living, we design our tasteful amenities with our residents in mind. Not only do we tailor design our apartment spaces with our resident’s needs and wants in mind, but we also provide exclusive services such as a gourmet dining room, clubhouse, beauty salon, and a full activities calendar. Feel free to contact us to find out more about our amenities and services!