3 Signs It Might Be Time for Assisted Living

September 15, 2022 | Assisted Living
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Living independently comes with many benefits, but as some of us age, we may start to notice changes in our ability to go about our daily routine. For some, it might become harder to maintain a household, while others might lack socialization and connectivity in their daily lives. 

Everyone faces obstacles from time to time, and it’s perfectly okay to ask for help! Start the conversation early with your friends and family, and decide whether or not the help you need is something your support system can contribute to. Of course, while help from family and friends can make a huge difference, you might not have family nearby or you may just be looking for additional options.

This may lead you to ask, ‘how do you know when it’s time for assisted living?’ There is no right or wrong answer. Assisted living is designed to help individuals with daily needs, household chores and provide engagement opportunities that benefit the mind, body and soul. 

Astral at Auburn is proud to offer assisted living in Auburn, Indiana, that helps residents reach a higher level of independence and wellness, so they can spend time on the things that truly matter.

If you are unsure if assisted living is right for you, here are three signs it might be time to think about making the move to an assisted living community. 

1. Home Maintenance Has Become a Challenge

Let’s be honest: nobody likes doing household chores. Keeping up with cleaning, folding laundry, small repairs and even cooking can be tiresome – and sometimes, we just don’t want to be bothered with it. 

But as we age, it’s important to note when general feelings of annoyance with these chores become challenging or you are no longer able to complete them. Managing these tasks can even become dangerous in some cases; climbing ladders to dust ceiling fans, being on our hands and knees to scrub the floors and even having to walk up or down flights of stairs can put you at risk of falling or slipping. 

Assisted living communities provide services that can take care of home maintenance and household chores for you. For example, Astral at Auburn offers 24-hour staffing to provide residents with support, assistance and peace of mind.

2. Experiencing Feelings of Social Isolation

According to the Institute on Aging, over 11 million seniors live by themselves, and feelings of isolation can cause mental health concerns like depression. Sometimes when we live alone, we don’t realize how isolated we truly feel, which can lead to serious issues

For example, we might not feel like leaving the house to participate in activities or spend time with friends and family. However, having a thriving social life is crucial for older adults, as relationships and connection with others are directly tied to longevity and mental wellness.

Assisted living helps individuals overcome the obstacles associated with isolation by providing opportunities and social events where residents can form meaningful friendships and participate in fun activities and pastimes. 

Astral at Auburn makes it a point to ensure that our assisted living residents enjoy enriching activities and events that create a purposeful life. We understand the dangers of social isolation and have created an environment where residents feel empowered and supported in their social lives.

3. Growing Health Concerns

Perhaps the most common reason people move to assisted living communities is due to concerns over general health or certain medical issues. 

As we age, our risk of developing certain chronic conditions can increase. These risks, along with natural changes to the body, can impact a person’s ability to live alone. Poor eyesight, struggling with balance and even forgetfulness are examples of natural aging conditions that can put a person at risk for falls.

Many people choose assisted living communities, so they have extra assistance with these health concerns; this can be as simple as medication management services or having peace of mind knowing assistance is available should an emergency arise.

If you have been experiencing any of these signs, now may be the time to begin the conversation with family and friends about moving to an assisted living community.

Astral at Auburn strives every day to provide the best in assisted living care. Our team members are available for every resident’s unique needs, so they can continue to live with purpose and lead a more fulfilling lifestyle.

We invite you to visit our website and discover how assisted living at Astral at Auburn can benefit you.

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