Planning for Change
At Live Oak Assisted Living, Residents have as much independence as they want with the knowledge that personal care and support services are available if they are needed.
When is Assisted Living Right for You?
It may be hard to admit that you need some help and leave the comfort of a home where you have lived independently for many years.
Below are some questions to ask yourself:
- Is it getting hard for you to do laundry, dishes, or keep up with yard work?
- Do you feel you are unsteady on your feet?
- Do you have a fear of falling in the shower or bath?
- Are you having difficulty getting in and out of the tub/shower or getting on and off the toilet by yourself?
- Do you frequently misplace items?
- Are you missing appointments or forgetting to turn off electrical items?
- Have you forgotten to pay your bills or balance your checkbook?
- Have you been skipping meals or losing weight?
- Is it becoming difficult to cook meals for yourself?
- Do you not have enough food in your home?
- Do you feel unsafe driving?
- Are you forgetting to take your medication, running out, or taking too many?
- Have you lost interest in activities that were formerly important to you?
- Do you find yourself becoming more dependent on family members?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you might be in need of assisted living.
When is Assisted Living Right for Your Loved One? 10 Warning Signs:
We frequently hear family members say “one more fall” or “if he/she forgets their medications again” as reasons for waiting to make a decision. Waiting too long may result in injury or other physical harm to your loved one.
Watch for these warning signs to see if your elderly loved one is in need of assistance and extra care.
- Spoiled food in fridge
- Poor grooming; personal hygiene
- Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Diminished driving skills; near misses
- Difficulty walking; unsteady; recent falls
- Mishandled or missed medications
- Personality changes; irritability; sudden mood changes
- Unopened mail; past due bills; mishandled finances
- Poor housekeeping; home maintenance; unsafe conditions
- Depression; forgetfulness