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Isolation to connection: Recognizing the signs to put your seniors into safe care

Jul 11, 2024, 7:00 AM | Updated: 8:46 am

As our loved ones age, it’s crucial to recognize the signs that indicate they may need additional support and care. The transition to a senior living community can be a positive step toward ensuring their safety, health and happiness.

Understanding the key indicators can also help us make informed decisions for their well-being. Here are six signs that suggest it might be time to consider the benefits of a senior home for your loved one:

  1. Medication errors: When seniors begin to miss doses or forget to take their medications altogether, it can lead to serious health complications. A senior living community offers medication management services to ensure that residents receive their medications correctly and on time, providing peace of mind for both seniors and their families.
  2. Poor nutrition: If you notice a loved one skipping meals, relying heavily on microwaved meals or showing signs of dehydration, it’s a clear indicator that nutritional needs are not being met. Senior living communities provide nutritious, chef-prepared meals, that cater to the dietary requirements of each resident.
  3. Falls: Frequent falls, whether known or mysterious and unexplained injuries are a significant concern for seniors living alone. Senior homes are designed with safety in mind, offering a secure environment that minimizes the risk of falls.
  4. Safety: When seniors exhibit behaviors such as exit-seeking or struggle with day-to-day tasks, it’s a sign that they may no longer be safe living alone. Senior living communities offer a secure setting where residents can receive the assistance they need.
  5. Isolation: Loneliness and withdrawal can have detrimental effects on a senior’s mental and emotional well-being. Senior living communities offer a vibrant social environment where residents can connect with peers and participate in various activities.
  6. Caregiver burnout: Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also lead to burnout, especially for family members. Senior communities provide professional care, giving family caregivers the respite they need.

Senior living has significant benefits

There are vast benefits to a senior home. One is that senior facilities offer an all-inclusive lifestyle that eliminates the worries of home upkeep and property taxes. Residents can enjoy their golden years without the burden of maintaining a home.

Social support is another benefit as interaction is vital for the well-being of seniors. Living in a senior community provides ample opportunities for social engagement and community involvement, ensuring that residents remain active and connected.

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“I’ve seen on numerous occasions someone coming from home that lived alone that moved in and the light came back into their eyes because they are developing friendships, partaking in activities, eating healthy food,” Amanda Kirilenko, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing of CarePartners Senior Living, told MyNorthwest.

Lastly, a major benefit is consistent medical support. Medical care and safety are paramount for seniors. Senior communities offer round-the-clock medical support and are equipped to handle various health needs, ensuring residents’ well-being.

Thinking about putting a senior in your life into a community? CarePartners Senior Living is a great place to go as it offers independent living, assisted living and memory care. CarePartners Senior Living has over 20 homes in Western Washington, making it convenient for everyone.

However, CarePartners Senior Living does not simply recommend a home based on where the senior lives. The company takes the time to get to know each person based on their hobbies, shopping habits and family locations. It then recommends a home based on each person’s needs.

To get started with senior living, visit CarePartners Senior Living’s website.

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