No one wants to leave their home, and no one wants to be reliant on friends and family. Yet for some elderly patients, this fact becomes inevitable. If you have an elderly loved one, you might be considering placing them in a nursing facility. If you are elderly and living on your own, you might be wondering if it’s time to move in with family or make some other arrangements. Here are three signs that it’s time to start thinking about long-term living arrangements.
You Can’t Cook for Yourself
If you are unable to cook for yourself, you are not going to be able to get the nutrition you need. People cannot get adequate nutrition from dining out or microwaving frozen dinners. Some health conditions can be made worse with high sodium diets, and prepackaged foods are very high in sodium. In addition, there could be other health concerns that require a specific diet. If you are unable to make sure you can stay reasonably fed, it might be time to think about going somewhere where you will have help.
You Have Early Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affect many elderly patients each year. Generally, a diagnosis is made early enough that the patient has time to make arrangements before losing significant mental capacity. It is important that you make living arrangements well in advance of experiencing severe symptoms of dementia.
You Have Mobility Issues
Do you have a hard time moving around? You might have had a broken hip, arthritis, or another disability that makes moving around and keeping your balance difficult. While you can get by with walkers or canes, it is a good time to start thinking about what you are going to do when you can’t live alone anymore if you are unsteady on your feet.
If you have one of these or other reasons to start thinking about elderly living arrangements, contact us today for more information.