When A Senior Needs Assisted Living in New York

Time for assisted livingAssisted living in New York is the best option when a senior you love is living in another city or cannot live with you and you must keep living and working in New York.  I know that we all wish that we could be there full time for our seniors when they have a need, but the truth of the matter is that in most situations the adult children must continue to work and manage their own lives in addition to caring for a senior aged loved one.  For this reason assisted living is an amazing option for those adults with parents who are not able to stay at home safely while people are out of the house.  It is a difficult decision to determine when Mom or Dad should begin living in an assisted living facility.

When a senior loved one may need to move into an assisted living facility

  1. Personal grooming isn’t easy (combing hair or applying lotions and deodorant or powder)
  2. Personal hygiene isn’t happening as it should (showering, dressing)
  3. Physical medical condition causes living alone to be dangerous
  4. Only minor daily assistance is needed
  5. Senior still wants independence

If your senior aged Mom or Dad lives alone and not many people are visiting it is possible that no one is noticing the need for assistance.  Really paying attention to a senior’s personal health, hygiene and appearance can be a way to identify if a move into assisted living is necessary.  Of course we would love for our seniors to live in their own homes for as long as possible, but when the time comes, if a senior needs assistance it is best to address this senior care need really quickly.  Living alone can become too difficult for a senior.  Seniors may be too proud or may not want to burden their children to ask for help.  If the senior’s home seems to be dirty or no longer being maintained by the senior, something needs to happen.  If the senior is also seemingly not able to properly perform the daily personal hygiene that he or she should be, there is a need for immediate action.

If a senior is isolating himself from friends, family and regular activities there is a good possibility that he or she is lonely.  Living in an New York assisted living facility allows a senior daily interaction with someone who is there to help them with whatever they need, but also a place to network with other seniors.  Something that seems out of the ordinary with your senior aged loved one should not be ignored.  If your senior aged loved one used to clean a certain way or a certain room each day of the week, but now you are noticing that the house is not clean or if a senior used to style his or her hair and wear makeup but now that is changing, have a conversation with your senior aged loved one and sometimes just asking your senior if they need assistance you may be able to identify the care need and make the changes necessary to meet the need.

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